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A Very Serious History Lesson,
This review is from: Valley Forge: George Washington and the Crucible of Victory (Hardcover)
Once again these historians have blended their skills into a superb novel. They capture in words what must have been a calamity of colossal proportions. The setting is Valley Forge and described as a place, somewhat secure from the British Army, but offering few comforts for the thousands of men under George Washington's command. The men were starving, had no shoes in the bitter cold and snow, many dying from dysentery (called flux in those days), small pox and other disease. It was a terrible situation. Washington and his officers slowly brought change, found tools to build huts and food for the masses (and not without quasi nefarious methods). "War is hell" was never more apt. With the help of many, including Baron Von Stuben, a Prussian soldier who was out of a job in Europe, decided to fight for the Continental Army. There is intrigue in every chapter. Washington's leadership defined the early United States. In 1777 the Continental Congress was as confused as U.S. Congress is today. It is a book for all, kids and adults alike.
Douglas W. Matheson Ph.D