Valley Forge (Paperback)
George Washington and the Crucible of Victory (George Washington Series #2)
St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312592882, 464pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
A riveting, personal look at one of our country's first heroes in the second captivating novel of the George Washington series by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, the New York Times bestselling authors of To Try Men's Souls
It's the winter of 1777, a year after Washington's triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and the battered, demoralized Continental Army retreats from Philadelphia. At Valley Forge, they discover that their requests for supplies have been ignored by Congress. With no other options, for weeks the army freezes under tents in the bitter cold. The men are on the point of collapse, while in Philadelphia the British live in luxury. In spite of the suffering, Washington endures, joined by a volunteer from Germany, Baron Friederich von Steuben. With precious little time, von Steuben begins recasting the army as a professional corps capable of facing the British head-on—something it has never accomplished before—in the process changing the course of history.
Valley Forge is a compelling, painstakingly researched tour-de-force novel about survival, transformation, and rebirth. It chronicles the unique crucible of time and place where Washington and his army, against all odds, were forged into the force that would win a revolution and found the United States of America.
About the Author
William R. Forstchen is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Second After and We Look Like Men of War, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men’s Souls and Valley Forge. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College, near Asheville North Carolina. He is a pilot and flies an original WWII recon "warbird." He resides near Asheville with his daughter Meghan.
Albert S. Hanser contributed to To Make Men Free.
Praise For Valley Forge: George Washington and the Crucible of Victory (George Washington Series #2)…
“This second title in the George Washington series (after To Try Men's Souls) offers an energetic dramatization of the Continental Army's grim winter bivouac at Valley Forge, Pa., in 1777.… Gingrich and Forstchen recreate the sights and smells of the Continental Army's hand-to-mouth camp life and the battlefield action around Valley Forge with a brisk panache that should bode well for future entries.” —Publishers Weekly on Valley Forge
“Masterful storytelling.” —William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs, on Pearl Harbor
“Creative, clever, and fascinating.” —James Carville on Gettysburg
“Compelling narrative force and meticulous detail.” —The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Gettysburg
“Gingrich and Forstchen write with authority and with sensitivity.” —St. Louis Post Dispatch on Gettysburg
“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
“With each book… Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers.” —William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer, on Never Call Retreat
“The authors' research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action.” —Publishers Weekly on Gettysburg
“The writing is vivid and clear.” —Washington Times on Gettysburg