Valley Forge

Version: Unabridged
Author: Newt Gingrich , William R. Forstchen
Narrator: William Dufris
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: November 2010
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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Overview

In "To Try Men's Souls," "New York Times" bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen cast a new light on the year 1776 and the man who would become the father of our nation, George Washington. "Valley Forge" picks up the narrative a year after Washington's triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and much has changed since then.

It's the winter of 1777, and Washington's battered, demoralized army retreats from Philadelphia. Arriving at Valley Forge, they discover that their repeated requests for a stockpile of food, winter clothing, and building tools have been ignored by Congress. With no other options available, the men settle down for a season of agony. For weeks the dwindling army freezes under tents in the bitter cold. Food runs out. Disease festers. The men are on the point of collapse, while in Philadelphia the British, joined by Allen van Dorn, the Loyalist brother of the dead patriot, Jonathan van Dorn, live in luxury.

In spite of the suffering and deceit, Washington endures all, joined at last by a volunteer from Germany, Baron Friederich von Steuben. With precious few supplies and even less time, von Steuben begins the hard task of recasting the army as a professional fighting force capable of facing the British head-on--something it has never accomplished before--and in the process he changing the course of history.

"Valley Forge" is a compelling, meticulously researched tour-de-force novel about endurance, survival, transformation, and rebirth. It chronicles the unique crucible of time and place where Washington and his Continental Army, against all odds, were forged into a fighting force that would win a revolution and found the United States of America.

Reviews (1)

Valley Forge

Written by Anonymous on February 17th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome,! Describes in great detail the impossible hurdles Washington & his Army overcome. The Continental Congress does more to hurt them than the redcoats do.

Author Details

Author Details

Gingrich, Newt

Newt Gingrich is the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and lives in Washington, DC.

Forstchen, William R.

William R. Forstchen, author of several dozen books in the fields of science fiction, history, and historical fiction, resides in western North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University and is a professor of history at Montreat College. His works include the coauthored, "New York Times" bestselling series Gettysburg, written with Newt Gingrich, the Lost Regiment series, and the award-winning "We Look Like Men of War", a novel based on his doctoral dissertation about an African American regiment in the Civil War. He spends most summers in Mongolia, doing archaeological and hi