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Philadelphia Campaign

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.

Best Book Title

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.

SUVs and gas prices

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.

One Million Homeless

News story that predicts the hurrican could leave one million homeless in New Orleans.
Quote from article ""We're talking about in essence having — in the continental United States — having a refugee camp of a million people," van Heerden said."

Free Book

Free pdf download of the book "Revolutionary Days"
by Princess Julia Cantacuzene is available at the RR Donnelley website.

Bumper Sticker

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)

St. Louis Public Library

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.


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 Pad–and sees it as a good e-book machine As always LISNEWS is the place to hear things first.

That is not on Google.

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.

East Coast Bias

I have been using the website 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.

iPod Murder

Story in the NYT.

Independent New York Bookstore

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.


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