Valley Forge - Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen & Albert S. Hanser

Valley Forge

By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen & Albert S. Hanser

  • Publication Date: 2010-11-09
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 116 Ratings)

Book Overview

In To Try Men's Souls, New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen cast a new light on the year 1776 and the man who would become the father of our nation, George Washington. Valley Forge picks up the narrative a year after Washington's triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and much has changed since then.

It's the winter of 1777, and Washington's battered, demoralized army retreats from Philadelphia. Arriving at Valley Forge, they discover that their repeated requests for a stockpile of food, winter clothing, and building tools have been ignored by Congress. With no other options available, the men settle down for a season of agony. For weeks the dwindling army freezes under tents in the bitter cold. Food runs out. Disease festers. The men are on the point of collapse, while in Philadelphia the British, joined by Allen van Dorn, the Loyalist brother of the dead patriot, Jonathan van Dorn, live in luxury.

In spite of the suffering and deceit, Washington endures all, joined at last by a volunteer from Germany, Baron Friederich von Steuben. With precious few supplies and even less time, von Steuben begins the hard task of recasting the army as a professional fighting force capable of facing the British head-on—something it has never accomplished before—and in the process he changing the course of history.

Valley Forge is a compelling, meticulously researched tour-de-force novel about endurance, survival, transformation, and rebirth. It chronicles the unique crucible of time and place where Washington and his Continental Army, against all odds, were forged into a fighting force that would win a revolution and found the United States of America.

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Users Reviews

  • Good book for what it is

    4
    By Masonman5
    It is a good book that is worth the read. The ending leaves a lot to be desired. There is pain staking time taken to develop characters and the book never really hits a climax.
  • A tale of a critical time

    4
    By A rely
    A very well written and easily readable tale of a critical time in our nations history. This book left me wanting to read more about the characters in it's pages, and even lured my kids into asking "Dad, what's a Baron?" and "Whose Lafayette?" All an excellent opening for a tale... A thank you to the authors for an illuminating tale.
  • Valley Forge

    4
    By D Fuson
    Good read. Very much enjoyed the history lesson.
  • Awesome

    5
    By Leftiswrong
    Great book, objective and truthful. Not some leftist drivel full of utopian falsehoods.
  • Valley Forge

    5
    By Valley Forge Decendant
    Gingrich has brought this piece of history to life with descriptive and emotional verbiage. I am even more proud of one of my forefathers, 17 year old George Belcher, who served, suffered and survived these horrendous months at Valley Forge. A truly remarkable event told remarkably.
  • Really? Really?!

    1
    By Red Penciller
    You people seem to think Newt writes these books. As someone who worked with the packager behind these deals that pair up Newt & Bill F., I can state with 100% certainty that Bill writes these books & Newt "approves" them & takes credit as main author. Bill gets a flat rate & no royalties -- it's work-for-hire. Newt doesn't write or research his books -- stop worshipping his "good writing." It's all part of the marketing of Newt as a product, just like all celebrities.
  • ?

    5
    By Dronkny
    K.K. , liberal moron!
  • Valley Forge

    3
    By Wardbrooke
    Not bad for fiction, a lot of dead spots. Book could have been 50 pages shorter. For an outstanding book of the times read "Washington" and you'll know why we have the great country we live in today
  • Great book, well researched.

    5
    By Cardinals Fan 1
    Always learn something with Newt's books.
  • Great look at our beginning!

    5
    By Coltscrew
    Wonderful introspection into the beginning of our country. Put politics aside and come together in the reality that we will disagree on policy but not in the unity that brought us together to form the greatest country on earth. We've come so far and forgotten so much about that voyage. Books like this no matter the author take us back that we might remember our beginning.