from the dust jacket of the 1972 Wm. Morrow first edition
The advance acclaim (quoted on the jacket and front flap) confirms the publisher's belief that The Hessian is one of those rare novels that will be read and reread for years to come. Set in the American Revolution, The Hessian begins with an act of violence, which in turn leads to an act of revenge. It is through these tragic episodes, as well as a tender and compelling love story that Howard Fast expresses the folly of war and the consequences of violence and revenge. In so doing, Mr. Fast has raised questions that speak directly to our own time. An exquisitely told tale, The Hessian so touches the human heart that it will move readers of every generation.
Howard Fast is the author of many best-sellers including Citizen Tom Paine, Freedom Road and Spartacus. A Reader's Digest Condensed Books selection, The Hessian is Mr. Fast's first novel about the American Revolution since he wrote the classic April Morning more than a decade ago.