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Victory at Yorktown: A Novel (George Washington Series) Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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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
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“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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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.
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.
Once again, the story is also told through the eyes of Peter Wellesley, now an experienced officer of Washington's army,and his childhood friend turned enemy, Allen van Dorn, who has also risen to the level of officer and respect within the British Army. Their part in the story helps to keep the pages turning until you cannot take the suspense nor bear the potential outcome.
Fun history... shouldn't every story be told this way!