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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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The novel colorfully and accurately portrays Washington and other figures as they struggle with tactics, logistics, intelligence, meddling politicians, and petty rivalries… Exciting historical fiction, offering insight into just how close George Washington and the Americans came to losing the war. (Publishers Weekly)

Augmented with character sketches of lesser-known patriots, the book brings Washington to life as a resolute and bold general. The authors shine brightly in describing the depth of his emotion flowing from the victory at Yorktown. (Kirkus)

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. (Booklist)

Grim, gritty, realistic, accurate, and splendid, this is a soaring epic of triumph over almost unimaginable odds. (Library Journal on To Try Men's Souls)

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Product Details

  • Series: George Washington Series (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312607075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312607074
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Collins on November 16, 2012
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Almond on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 By Kenneth M. Black on 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DucDave on November 18, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By No BS guy on January 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marvelous Mal on 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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Throughout the Washington series by Gingrich and Forstchen we've seen the general give blood, sweat, and tears to the American cause. At Yorktown his dedication and sacrifice are finally vindicated. The story opens some months before the decisive battle, just after uncovering the traitor, benedict arnold's attempt to give West Point into the hands of the British. The British officer in charge of military intelligence has been captured and his fate is to be decided by Washington. Embroiled in the drama here we see the familiar characters of Peter Wellsley and Allen Van Dorn, childhood friends who are now swept up in opposing sides of the war. The scenes which follow are tense and kept me rapidly turning the pages. Soon the narrative turns to preparations for the movement to and seige of Yorktown. While Washington and the French general, Rochambeau, maneuvor their forces and hope for help from admiral De Grasse's naval force, a running game of spy verses spy is played out between Wellsley and Van Dorn. This plotline is one of the highlights of the book and had me on the edge of my seat. My investment in both these characters was very strong and I couldn't wait to see how their struggle/friendship would play out. Washington knows he could be on the cusp of a great victory. He also knows that it could all fall apart, whether it be from lack of funds from Congress or simply the winds and tides. Washington's sense of honor and strength of character are front and center throughout the book and portray him quite accurately as the man for the times, a man for all time. After thoroughly enjoying the previous two books Victory at Yorktown is everything I had hoped it would be. The action is well-written and the plot superbly paced.Read more ›
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