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Victory at Yorktown: A Novel (George Washington Series) Kindle Edition

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After chronicling the Continental army’s bitter winter at Valley Forge, Gingrich and Forstchen leap ahead several years in their George Washington series. In 1781, the British have a stranglehold on New York, and the revolutionary momentum has all but stalled. A bold and decisive move is needed to end the impasse, and General Washington hatches a risky plan to engage the enemy forces at Yorktown. All they need to do is to march 300 miles south without being detected to launch a surprise offensive. Of course, none of this is accomplished in a vacuum, and Washington and company must count on master spy Peter Wellsley and their French allies for both support and diversion. Following the historical record, the authors combine real-life and fictional figures as all roads lead toward the conclusion of the bitterly fought Revolutionary War. High Demand Backstory: Although Gingrich and Forstchen’s military sagas are always popular, count on increased interest in America’s first—and only truly bipartisan—president this election season. --Margaret Flanagan

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“William Dufris follows the authors' lead and concentrates on emotions…Listeners interested in military history will be familiar with the story but intrigued by the emotions.” ―AudioFile Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 1920 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K3DTC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I love Newt Gingrich's Novels and this one definitely did not disappoint! As soon as I received the novel I could not put it down. This book tells the amazing story of the end of the American Revolution. A great read about one of America's great heroes!
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Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen have brought the Historical Novel to an art form. Their research is fantastic which gives them the ability and liberty to add in characters that were not a part of history but allows all of us to truly understand what the real characters in the story were actually going through. That illumination is what helps to have these stories be the page turners that they are, while allowing you, the reader, to feel as though you were there and can feel and taste what those individuals went through. These two men, through all of their works, remind us that history does not only have to inform us, but rather, if done right, can and should captivate us as well. That mission is once again accomplished with Victory at Yorktown.

General Washington and his loyal staff and Army have emerged from Valley Forge and have shown their new mettle to the British and Hessians. However, if this Army thought that that meant that this war was over then they are now in for some more difficult lessons. Still dealing with funding issues, a less than helpful Congress, starvation, lack of appropriate clothing and materials and the final outcome still completely in doubt, Washington once again has to dig deep into his own personal well of strength, fortitude and moral character to continue to lead this desperate group toward the goal of Liberty. Thru the sheer force of his own will and that of his incredibly loyal staff Washington creates a last ditch effort to end this war once and for all, one way or the other. In what is an incredibly large gamble, built on so many variables and moving pieces Washington and his army of ordinary citizens make a play to change history and the course of a new nation.
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Although classified as fiction because of the story within the presentation of the history of our country, this book reminds us of the magnificent character of the citizens and warriors who gave us our independence. We were always told how great a man George Washington was. This book provides even more insight to his bravery, leadership and military prowess.

We all know how Gen. Lafayette helped fight the British, but after reading this story, I have a much better understanding of how important the French soldiers and navy were in defeating the British. I don't think I'll listen to any more French "military" jokes.
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Authors Gingrich and Forstchen breathe life into the man who is known as the father of our country. They describe George Washington's doubts and fears, his missteps, his weaknesses and his strengths, but most of all; they painstakingly develop George Washington into a human being. They do this through the brilliance of realistic and compelling dialogue. The author's "novel" approach to history brings the late 18th century efforts by Washington into an interesting focus for the reader whether or not he is a Revolutionary War buff or simply wants to understand the man in more humanistic terms.
General Washington's brilliance and dogged determination as a military strategist and leader of men in a grueling six-year bloody war culminating in the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown is realistically highlighted throughout the book.
The last chapters were by far the most cogent depicting the true personalities of Washington and his closest comrades-in-arms as well as his opposing British foe.
One compelling phrase struck me as it relates to a warrior's thoughts--then and now: "So strange war. We so fervently beg for its ending, and yet when that ending comes, comrades for the last time, we somehow wish we could linger but a few more days, share one more campfire, even share one more moment of the thrill of triumph." So very true. The men who fight wars have not changed.
I recommend the book as a quick and interesting read of humanistic history.
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I've read all 3 books in this series and consider myself an amateur Revolutionary War historian. Member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Appleseed Rifleman. The first two books were excellent storytelling and very well written but this third one also being great story material certainly fell short in the storytelling and was rather poorly written. At times I was confused and had to keep rereading a section or paragraph to make sense of it or determine who was saying what. If the author was the same as the first two books, something dramatic must have happened to see such a change in writing styles. If it's a different writer, one can easily tell. It's too bad as I was so looking forward to this third book. Maybe there will be a fourth book about his presidency? But written as well as the first two.
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Format: Audio CD
I loved this CD set! Not only did they make it good, but with 10 CDs, and the story telling going on, I looked forward to every long drive so I could try and understand more of what was happening around those years. This was the best book on CD I have ever heard before, it was that well done. Good job, and if all books were as good as this one was on CD, I'd do them all that way. I now understand who some people were in history, where as I heard names before that I never placed exactly who they were for sure, or couldn't remember. Now I know who they were then, and their placement in events of those days.
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