Valley Forge

George Washington and the Crucible of Victory
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Released: Jun 02, 2017
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ISBN: #9781427210760
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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.

Series: George Washington Series No: 2
Original Publish Date: Nov 09, 2010

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Product Number EB00098744
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781429939782

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"William Dufris shines as the various historical characters who fill this book, an account of one of the darkest hours in the American Revolution. As he portrays characters such as George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Baron von Steuben, Dufris creates believable voices and dialects. Between conversations, his delivery of the narrative keeps the story moving. While she has a much smaller part, the author's wife provides a portrait of a sweet and yet firm Martha Washington. Conversations seem so real that listeners will imagine themselves in the camp, on the march, on the battlefield. E.J.K. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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