Victory at Yorktown: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues - a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph 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 City is too strong, all approaches blocked 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. The second is that British General Cornwallis, driven to distraction by protracted warfare in the Carolinas, has withdrawn into Yorktown. Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history. He will force-march nearly his entire army south more than 300 miles, in complete secrecy, counting on a blockade of the Chesapeake Bay by the French navy, fall upon Cornwallis, and capture his entire force. It is a campaign laden with "ifs" but the stalemate must be broken, otherwise America, after six long years of war, will crumble.
Sgt. Peter Wellsley must pave the way for the army, neutralizing any loyalists who might provide warning. On the other side, Allen Van Dorn receives reports from civilians that something is afoot and is tasked to find out what. As Wellsley moves to block any leaks, Van Dorn tries to penetrate the screen. 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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|Listening Length||12 hours and 2 minutes|
|Author||Newt Gingrich, William R. Fortschen|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 13, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #105,390 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#378 in Biographical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,509 in War & Military Fiction
#1,861 in Biographical Historical Fiction
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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.