George Washington's Surprise Attack (Paperback)

A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America

By Phillip Thomas Tucker

Skyhorse, 9781510704138, 664pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/4/2014)

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Extensively researched and superbly argued in Tucker’s compelling narrative, this in-depth examination of George Washington’s ‘military miracle’ at the Battle of Trenton unquestionably confirms the vital importance of that stunning victory.” —Jerry D. Morelock, PhD, editor in chief at Armchair General

Like many historical events, the American Revolution is sometimes overlooked, ignored, or minimized by historians because of common shrouding in romantic myth or interference from stubborn stereotypes. Here historian Phillip Thomas Tucker provides an in-depth look at the events of the Battle of Trenton, weeding out fiction and legend and presenting new insights and analysis. Stories from many forgotten individuals of the war, including officers and soldiers from both sides, bring to life the Continental Army’s desperate circumstances and shocking victory. Myths that Tucker debunks include the Hessians’ slovenly drunkenness, Washington acting alone in creating the attack strategy, and Rall’s incompetence as a leader largely contributing to his troops’ defeat.

By exploring the forgotten aspects of one of America’s most famous battles, revealing Trenton’s story proves to be even more fascinating. In the end, America’s founding was nothing short of miraculous, and no chapter of America’s story was more miraculous than Washington’s improbable success at the battle of Trenton, where America’s fate was decided to almost everyone’s amazement on a dark, snowy morning.

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Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


About the Author

Phillip Thomas Tucker, PhD, is a writer and historian who has edited and authored more than two dozen books, including Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack, Death at the Little Bighorn: A New Look at Custer - His Tactics and the Tragic Decisions Made at the Last Stand, and the upcoming Alexander Hamilton's Revolution: His Vital Role as Washington's Chief of Staff (all published by Skyhorse Publishing). After earning his PhD in 1990, he took a position as civilian historian with the Department of Defense and specialized in air force history. He lives near Washington, DC.


Praise For George Washington's Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America

Extensively researched and superbly-argued in Tucker’s compelling narrative, this in-depth examination of George Washington’s ‘military miracle’ at the Battle of Trenton unquestionably confirms the vital importance of that stunning victory.” —Jerry D. Morelock, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Armchair General magazine

“Tucker’s account brims with colorful information . . . that vivifies this pivotal episode in American history. . . . Of most interest to military historians and Revolutionary War buffs.” —Kirkus Reviews

Extensively researched and superbly-argued in Tucker’s compelling narrative, this in-depth examination of George Washington’s ‘military miracle’ at the Battle of Trenton unquestionably confirms the vital importance of that stunning victory.” —Jerry D. Morelock, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Armchair General magazine

“Tucker’s account brims with colorful information . . . that vivifies this pivotal episode in American history. . . . Of most interest to military historians and Revolutionary War buffs.” —Kirkus Reviews