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

Newt Gingrich , William R. Forstchen , Albert S. Hanser
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen present the triumphant conclusion to their George Washington series—a novel of leadership, brotherhood, loyalty, and the victory of the American cause.


It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British.  The enemy position in New York is far too strong, and all approaches covered by the Royal Navy.   At last two crucial reports reach Washington.   The first is that the French have briefly committed a fleet to the American coast to engage the British.  The second is that British General Cornwallis, driven to distraction by the protracted warfare in the Carolinas, has decided to withdraw into Yorktown to establish a new base.  


Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history.  He will take nearly his entire army out of New Jersey and New York, and force march it more than three hundred miles in complete secrecy.  He must pray that the French navy is successful in blockading Chesapeake Bay, so that he can fall upon Cornwallis, lay siege to him, and capture his entire force.   It is a campaign ladened with “Ifs” but the stalemate must be broken, otherwise the American spirit, after six long years of war, will crumble.


Sergeant Peter Wellsley is tasked with “paving the way” for the rapid movement of the army, and above all else neutralizing any loyalists who might slip off to provide warning. The entire operation is predicated on complete, total surprise, a near-impossible task for an army moving through areas that harbor strong loyalists.  On the other side, Allen Van Dorn, still mourning the loss of his friend Major Andre, receives bits and pieces of reports from civilians that something is afoot across New Jersey and is tasked to find out what.   When one of the former friends is captured, both must decide where their true loyalties lie during the heat of the Battle of Yorktown as Washington’s professional army, once a “rabble in arms,” executes the war’s most decisive contest.


With Victory at Yorktown, critically acclaimed authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have reached the pinnacle of their talents in a tour de force narrative of one of America’s most important heroes.

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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


“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: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K3DTC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,492 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched, Well Written, Well Done! December 9, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionay History Lives! May 13, 2014
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I was on the edge of my seat reading this. History brought to vivid life.

Before buying the book, I had read a few of the negative reviews, but they do not list any specifics. Apparently, the negatives are politically motivated. The positive reviews are correct.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important read January 8, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly written January 3, 2013
A very well written history of the latter part of the American revolution. Exciting with excellent character development while sticking to the historic truth. The way all history novels should be written. If schoolchildren were made to read books such as this, they would have an appreciation for this country and its founding and there would be more makers and not so many takers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST-READING FOR EVERY AMERICAN November 18, 2012
By DucDave
This is yet another inspirational novel about our American history that follows `Valley Forge' and `To Try Men's Souls,' which are also must-reads. These books by Newt Gingrich and Bill Forstchen expand upon and bring to life the glorious history of our Founding Fathers that we learned in school........a history that has sadly taken on a diminished role in many of today's schools. `Victory at Yorktown' places you in the action of George Washington's genius in this can't-put-it-down reading. Don't deprive yourself of this experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this CD set July 23, 2014
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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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America: A Gift From French Catholics.... December 19, 2012
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Great fun to vicariously live through the Revolutionary War and savor the victory, and realize that Yorktown and the British Cornwallis would never have been defeated without the French. I was disappointed, however, at the absence of mention of the Philadelphia Cathedral Mass, shortly after the British surrender. George Washington, his staff, Congress, the French military leaders and staffs, and many others including soldiers, sailors and citizens, were their giving thanks to God. Washington spoke and specifically thanked France, "a nation in which the Roman Catholic Religion is professed." All knew that the Mass celebration was not a "law respecting the establishment of religion." It was a brief establishment of "religiosity" but in no way was it ever considered even remotely to be prohibited. This was a full Catholic Latin Mass of the highest religious order giving thanks for the establishment of the USA. There were no atheists yelling for "separation of church and state" because there was no such thing. This omission of the historical religiosity of the founders and those who gave us America was disappointing. Otherwise, great story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must read for the American historian!
Published 29 days ago by JON HILL
3.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed the previous writings of these two men especially the...
I have enjoyed the previous writings of these two men especially the civil war series. This one was not as good. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Robert Sparrenberger
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read.
a little slow getting into, but developed into a very spellbinding story with a lot of historical facts to help the story keep one focused on the factual events of that time.
Published 1 month ago by Gerald W. Krueger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding finish to the George Washington trilogy.
Published 1 month ago by Clay Edward Mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read if you like fiction
Published 2 months ago by Richard L. Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Morganmanx
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a great story, but please be aware that there are ...
It is a great story, but please be aware that there are some curse words there. I am just letting you know because I thought some mothers would appreciate to know that before if... Read more
Published 4 months ago by lilyonthevalley
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical gift from Mr Newt Gingrich.
Loved the Washington Series. This searies encouraged a family member to start reading, for pleasure, again. Mr. Gingrich is a fantastic Historian. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tookie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as I hoped it would be
Published 4 months ago by Grandma
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
As with their other books this one is also a good read, again very interesting as they blend history and fiction into a story already well known but they make it seems like you are... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jerseyman
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