Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 12, 2005 - 7:36am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 6, 2005 - 6:18am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 30, 2005 - 3:49pm
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 29, 2005 - 8:52am
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."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 25, 2005 - 9:08pm
Free pdf download of the book "Revolutionary Days"
by Princess Julia Cantacuzene is available at the RR Donnelley website.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 24, 2005 - 7:46pm
Here is a great bumper sticker. You have to be of a certain science fiction persuasion to get the joke.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 22, 2005 - 6:19am
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 4, 2005 - 2:34pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 3, 2005 - 2:35pm
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?
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 2, 2005 - 4:43am
If you ever need direction in life here is a suggestion. Go this way.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 29, 2005 - 7:58pm
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 22, 2005 - 10:22pm
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 9, 2005 - 2:28am
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 8, 2005 - 3:30pm
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 7, 2005 - 3:19am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 4, 2005 - 7:35am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 4, 2005 - 6:56am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 4, 2005 - 6:32am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 2, 2005 - 2:44pm
Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
to book at PBS.
Direct link to book at Amazon.