Valley Forge : Revolutionary War

  • by Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by William Dufris, Callista Gingrich
  • Series: Revolutionary War
  • 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In To Try Men's Souls, 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 lives under tents in the bitter cold. Food runs out. 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 von Steuben. 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 will change the course of history.
Valley Forge is a tour-de-force about endurance, survival, transformation, and rebirth. Washington and his Continental Army, against all odds, will be forged into a fighting force that will win a revolution.

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Very good historical novel with perceivable right slant

Story was great. However I did not like the way the book referred to His slave Will Lee. The book referred to him as Washington's confidant. If Washington was such a good friend of Will. Why did he not free him and pay him as a valet? Will was freed only after Washington's death. I felt that there should have been condemnation of Washington for having slaves. The books coverage of Will Lee was very whimsical. It offended me.
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- dario

Outstanding book overall.

Great writing, excellent story telling, excellent narration (with the exception of Martha Washington) her reading is bland, it of sync, it just does not seem to fit, almost monotone. She sounds like she's "reading it".
Thankfully, there isn't much of that.
I really enjoyed all the of these in the series.
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- Justin / Bulwark Defense

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio