The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution

The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution

by Jim Murphy


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The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for middle school researchers. The content is easy to read, but very informative. The illustrations were well chosen. The time line and and list of internet sources are vaulable tools for students.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered how George Washington kept his army from being overtaken by the British? Or how he was able to convince 17,000 recruits to join the army even when the outlook appeared so grim? Did you know that the famous Washington Crossing the Delaware painting was actually made by a German artist to inspire European rebellions? If you want to know more, this book is for you! The Crossing, by Jim Murphy, retells the story of George Washington’s many achievements and crushing blunders as commander of the American army during the Revolutionary War. The Crossing starts with George Washington becoming the trepidatious commander of the American army after being unanimously voted into the position by Congress. From here, the book jumps to a vivid description of what was, at the time, Britain’s largest invasion in their history beginning with the landing on Long Island. It is important to note that nearly every page of the book is accompanied with an illustration, furthering the immersion on the topic. When reading this book you can imagine exactly how the battles proceeded, from the battlefield itself to the soldiers own thoughts. This book demonstrates Washington’s gradual transition from an inexperienced general, who is unable to control his army, to a weathered and brilliant tactician striking fear into the enemy. Ultimately, Washington’s actions served as a beacon of courage for his fellow countrymen. Although the book is mostly about Washington’s endeavors, it includes a nice quantity of quotes and information about how the British viewed the war. The Crossing references Washington’s daring plan to ambush the Hessian troops in Trenton. This would require him to stealthily move an army across the rapid icy waters of the Delaware. He felt it was the only chance to save both his own reputation and the pride of the American people. The effect of the surprise offensive would go down in history, but I will let the book tell the tale of this historic battle! After the main chapters, the book provides both a useful timeline of the events of the war and a variety of links to both helpful references and useful study materials. This book is a wonderful short read with lovely pictures, quotes, and a large text size that is suitable for anyone who enjoys reading about our nation’s history. In conclusion, I wanted the book to be longer because each page was filled with wonderful material! I give this book 4 revolutionary stars! Zander H., age 15, Gulf Coast Mensa
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