Developed from an article in The New Yorker, this concentrates on two ""small actions"" which took place on two ""successive...

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THE BATTLE FOR MANHATTAN

Developed from an article in The New Yorker, this concentrates on two ""small actions"" which took place on two ""successive days"" on the small island of Manhattan- the physical defeat to which it led, the moral victory it ultimately established. Now, during the summer of 1776, Boston, ""which had seemed to important in 1773"" was forgotten; Washington's army, 750 to Howe's 4000, was in wretched shape- and there were many desertions, disproportionate casualties among the sullen, silent troops. Morale worsened, after the withdrawal to Harlem Heights, but even though this too had to be abandoned- the fighting ended with many ""salutary consequences"". In Washington's words- his men had learned that it only required ""resolution and good officers to make an enemy, that they stood in too much dread of, give way"" .... A close historical perspective, and as old battle stations are resumed, they have a new importance and an incisive interpretation.

Pub Date: Sept. 17, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Holt

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1956