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The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778
American fortunes were at a low point in the winter of 1777-78. The British had beaten the Continental Army at Brandywine and Germantown, seized the colonial capital of Philadelphia, and driven Washington's soldiers into barren Valley Forge. But, as Stephen Taaffe reveals, the Philadelphia Campaign marked a turning point in the American Revolution despite these setbacks.
Occurring in the middle of the war in the heart of the colonies, this key but overlooked campaign dwarfed all others in the war in terms of numbers of combatants involved, battles fought, and casualties sustained. For the first time, British and American armies engaged out in the open on relatively equal terms. Although the British won all the major battles, they were unable to crush the rebellion.
Taaffe presents a new narrative history of this campaign that took place not only in the hills and woods surrounding Philadelphia, but also in east central New Jersey and along the Delaware River. He uses the campaign to analyze British and American strategies, evaluate Washington's leadership, and assess the role of subordinate officers such as Nathanael Greene and Anthony Wayne. He also offers new insights into eighteenth-century warfare and shows how Washington transcended traditional military thinking to fashion a strategy that accommodated American social, political, and economic realities.
During this campaign Washington came into his own as a commander of colonial forces and an astute military strategist, and Taaffe demonstrates that Washington used the fighting around Philadelphia as a proving ground for strategies that he applied later in the war. Taaffe also scrutinizes Washington's relationship with the militia, whose failure to carry out its missions contributed to the general's problems.
Still, by enduring their losses and continuing to fight, the Americans exacted a heavy toll on Britain's resources, helped to convince France to enter the war, and put the redcoats on the defensive. As Taaffe shows, far from being inconclusive, the Philadelphia Campaign contributed more to American victory than the colonists recognized at the time.
What do you think the best book title is? Regardless of the quality of the book what title do you find intriguing or interesting? Personally, I think the book Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the best book titles.
A friend sent me a funny PDF.
WARNING: If you own an SUV you might not find this funny. I drive a Honda Civic so I found it humorous.
Although I realize he high cost of gas for an SUV is made up for in safety.
News story that predicts the hurrican could leave one million homeless in New Orleans.
Quote from article ""We're talking about in essence having â€” in the continental United States â€” having a refugee camp of a million people," van Heerden said."
Another quote from the article: "In a few days, van Heerden predicts, emergency management officials are going to be wondering how to handle a giant stagnant pond contaminated with building debris, coffins, sewage and other hazardous materials.
"We're talking about an incredible environmental disaster," van Heerden said."
I know this is the least of the worries but the 2006 ALA Conference was scheduled for New Orleans. With the predictions that I am reading in the article I wonder if the conference will still happen in New Orleans.
Free pdf download of the book "Revolutionary Days"
by Princess Julia Cantacuzene is available at the RR Donnelley website.
"Revolutionary Days" is the story of President U.S. Grant's granddaughter, Julia, who was born in the White House in 1876. While traveling in Europe with her aunt, Bertha Palmer, the Chicago socialite, she met a Russian prince and married him in 1899. The couple spent the next 18 years in Russia where she mingled with the aristocracy and raised a family, while Prince Michael served as a high-ranking military officer. In 1917, they escaped from the Russian Revolution with her jewels sewn into her clothing and returned to the United States. Princess Cantacuzene then published this exciting account of her experience.
Here is a great bumper sticker. You have to be of a certain science fiction persuasion to get the joke.
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
I took this picture of one of the quotes on the side of the St. Louis Public Library. Do people agree or disagree with this quote? Or do you have a different take on the quote?
If you ever need direction in life here is a suggestion. Go this way.
The post office released a new set of stamps called American Advances in Aviation. A B-24 called the Black Cat is depicted on the stamps. The Black Cat was the last plane shot down in the European theater during WWII. There is a book called Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down over Germany in World War II that was written by the nephew of one of the men on the plane.
The other planes shown are:
The Black Cat, a B-24 Liberator that was the last B-24 bomber shot down over Germany in World War II.
_Beechcraft Bonanza, a private plane featuring a distinctive V tail to reduce weight and drag.
_Grumman F6F Hellcat, a World War II workhorse fighter flying from aircraft carriers.
_Boeing B-29 Superfortress long-range bomber that served in both World War II and Korea.
_Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing, a futuristic project in the late 1940s.
_Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat, first operated in 1936.
_Ercoupe 415, designed in the mid-1930s introducing safe, practical technologies for general aviation.
_Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, an immense, fast rugged fighter that saw wide use in World War II.
_Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, the first operational U.S. jet fighter.
_Boeing 247, the first modern commercial airliner.
On May 6th I posted this journal entry about the Pepperpad. In the Teleread Blog there is this entry today Library tech expert loves the Pepper Padâ€“and sees it as a good e-book machine As always LISNEWS is the place to hear things first.
I am looking for some example of questions that are asked of librarians where the information is not available on the free Internet but the information is available in the library. I have some examples but mine all focus around the type of library I work in and I am hoping to get a broader range of examples.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)
I just sold a book to a person in New York. The mailing address was a business on Wall Street. I think people may find the title of the book to be ironic. Link to book title.
I have been using the website Paperbackswap.com to exchange books. The site has a neat mapping feature that show where your books are sent to and where the books you get come from. Take a look at the maps for the books I have sent and received. There is a clear east coast bias.
I really like Paperbackswap because you are not swapping directly with an individual. If you send someone a book you receive a credit that can be used to obtain any book listed at the site. You do not have to swap for a book that belongs to a person that sent you a book. Currently there are over 40,000 books listed on the site.
I sold a copy of Altered Carbon to an independent bookstore in New York City today. I find it kind of ironic that an independent bookstore in New York is buying from an Amazon seller in the midwest. Like everyone else he or she probably wants a cheaper copy of the book.
My copy was a paperback. Do some research and see what it will cost you for a hardcover edition of Altered Carbon. The book club edition goes for $40 and the prices go up from there. It is amazing the prices that certain modern editions of a book can command.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is available at Paperbackswap.com.