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This second title in the George Washington series (after To Try Men's Souls) offers an energetic dramatization of the Continental Army's grim winter bivouac at Valley Forge, Pa., in 1777. The bulk of the narrative is filtered through the sensitive eyes of young Pvt. Peter Wellsley, a member of Washington's elite headquarters guard detail, while Washington's chief lieutenants, including French aristocrat Lafayette, Prussian drillmaster Baron von Steuben, and tempestuous commissary commander "Mad Anthony" Wayne are vividly sketched. Meanwhile, the political intrigues of Gen. Horatio Gates (the dubious hero of Saratoga) to unseat Washington as he struggles to survive at Valley Forge play out in Congress. Finally, in June 1778, Washington attacks the British pulling back from Philadelphia to New York City and scores a redemptive victory with an able assist from American soldiers' wives, like Molly Pitcher, who carry water and ammo to sustain the battle line. Gingrich and Forstchen recreate the sights and smells of the Continental Army's hand-to-mouth camp life and the battlefield action around Valley Forge with a brisk panache that should bode well for future entries. (Nov.)
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Writing team Gingrich and Forstchen follow up the success of To Try Men’s Souls (2009) with another novelization of a seminal episode in the history of Revolutionary-era America. Once again, George Washington provides both the narrative focal point and the moral core of the story, as he and his fledgling Continental Army struggle to survive the bitter winter of 1777 at Valley Forge. Undernourished, ill-clothed, and utterly dispirited by the lack of organized support from Congress, Washington and his ragtag band of brothers nevertheless persevere under the most trying of circumstances, transforming themselves—with a bit of timely assistance from Baron von Steuben—into a more disciplined and determined fighting force. The dialogue tends to get a little long-winded, and the authors are unabashed cheerleaders for GW—but, really, who can blame them? American readers can’t get enough of Valley Forge, so expect high demand for this fair-to-middling fictional adaptation. High Demand Backstory: The former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and his coauthor have made a name for themselves in their writing partnership. --Margaret FlanaganSee all Editorial Reviews
I am a history buff...I really learned a lot from this book about a subject I thought I knew, but learned so much more!Published 5 days ago by Jo Anne Groth
I absolutely loved loved loved it!! The American Revolution is my favorite, and this book took the cake!!Published 1 month ago by nancy j heffron
Another George Washington book for my husband. I usually end up reading these books also. Easy read.Published 2 months ago by JLD
I kept reading until my Kindle 's battery could give no more. They brought the revolution alive. This book should be required reading inPublished 5 months ago by Harold Cobbs
Wonderful writing. I almost feel that I am in the 18th century. Newt Gingrich and his co-author are prolific writers. Nothing like US History (book is fiction based upon fact). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wendy