The Winter Soldiers: The Battles for Trenton and Princeton

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Henry Holt and Company, Aug 26, 2014 - History - 384 pages

In the fall of 1776 the British delivered a crushing blow to the Revolutionary War efforts. New York fell and the anguished retreat through New Jersey followed. Winter came with a vengeance, bringing what Thomas Paine called "the times that try men's souls."

The Winter Soldiers is the story of a small band of men held together by George Washington in the face of disaster and hopelessness, desperately needing at least one victory to salvage both cause and country. Richard M. Ketchum tells the tale of unimaginable hardship and suffering that culminated in the battles of Trenton and Princeton. Without these triumphs, the American Revolution that had begun so bravely could not have gone on.


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User Review  - ksmyth - LibraryThing

Though surpassed by David Hackett Fischer's "Washington's Crossing" this is an excellent account of Trenton and Princeton. Ketcham is probably the best narrative voice of the Revolutionary War. I have never been disappointed by his work. Read full review

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Another book about the hardest time for the Continental Army in Revolutionary America. A good read. Read full review



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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard M. Ketchum (1922-2012) graduated from Yale University and commanded a subchaser in the South Atlantic during World War II. As director of book publishing at American Heritage Publishing Company for twenty years, he edited many of that firm's volumes, including The American Heritage Book of the Revolution and The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War, which received a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. Ketchum was the cofounder and editor of Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal, a monthly magazine about rural life. He and his wife lived on a sheep farm in Vermont. He is the author of two other Revolutionary War classics: Decisive Day and The Winter Soldiers.

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