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Valley Forge (Revolutionary War #2)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  524 ratings  ·  90 reviews
A riveting, personal look at one ofour country's firstheroes in the second captivating novel of the George Washington series by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, theNew 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 fr
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published November 9th 2010)
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Stephen
The story of George Washington’s fateful winter at Valley Forge is remarkable…singularly remarkable.

Undermined by the majority of his subordinate generals, conspired against by powerful political rivals, hindered and ignored by a Congress that was either profoundly inept or maliciously obstructionist, Gen. George Washington took a malnourished, dreadfully equipped and woefully under-supplied rag-tag group of brave but morale-diminished men and, in one fateful winter of 1777-78, forged them into
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WC Beaver
Newt Gingrich and William R Forstchen have outdone themselves with this remarkable tale of the trials and tribulations of the greatest man in American history. For without the dogged perseverance of this relentless warrior during the 1777-78 winter at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, we Americans would be extending our pinkies while drinking a spot of tea.

Hassled by a powerless and broke congress, penniless colonies, betrayal from subordinate generals, and many Tories in New York and Philadelphia,
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Alfredo
Another excellent book from Gingrich and Forschten. The genius of their books is to provide an individual and human context to historical events that we often know about at a very high level and at the level of leaders, dates, and results. This book brings to life the sufferings of the men at Valley Forge, the deep division within Americans between loyalists and revolutionaries, and the toll that the suffering and death took on the generals and officers on both sides of the conflict.

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Steve Jenkins
Valley Forge is an account of one of the key periods of the revolutionary war. It chronicles the struggles faced by the Continetial Army as they attempt to survive at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777. These include brutal weather, primitive living conditions, a lack of supplies, and limited support from congress. As winter turns toward spring, conditions slowly start to improve. However, the army is still dispirited and poorly trained. Perhaps the turning point of the story occurs when the ...more
Sim
All Americans know about Valley Forge and the overwintering stay of the Continental Army from middle school and high school American History classes. What Gingrich and Forstchen accomplish as historians writing a fictional account is to make this very real. I bet you don't associate Valley Forge with lice, smallpox, starvation, and leg amputations from frostbite. Nor do we associate this situation with political positioning and infighting within the newly constituted congress. These writers brin ...more
Kevin Hammond
Newt Gingrich has a very easy way with words. This is his seventh novel, and the second in a projected "George Washington series". This is also a sequel to "To Try Men's Souls."

The winter of 1777 was outrageously brutal. Washington's bone-weary Continental Army endured privation, in stark contrast to the luxury of Loyalists in Philadelphia. The will of the Continentals to press on in the face of these contrasts is core to why Valley Forge has become such hallowed ground. Historical figures and i
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jallioop
Great book, inspiring! Once again, Washington has to overcome meddling from Congress and American generals that are either power-hungry, foolish or cowardly. If Gingrich is accurate about what Washington had to overcome, and in how he always managed to have just the right judgment and approach to win over his foes (British and American), then Washington totally deserves his reputation as a hero. Would be interesting to read about the same events written by a historian who is less of a GW fan - i ...more
Burt
Yet another winner from Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen. I will steal a sentence from my review of their novel, "To Try Men's Souls." This book, notwithstanding the fictional approach, can really help you understand the almost unbelievable physical, mental, and emotional commitment and perseverence of the colonial "citizen soldier." These authors continue to come together and produce works that actually make what is so often 'dry military history' such that it becomes fun and exciting to rea ...more
Naomi
First off, I enjoy historical fiction and non-fiction about the Revolutionary War. I really enjoy Newt Gingrich's fiction writing. His non-fiction/political books I can take or leave, but his fiction is a different story. This book is great. It brings readers into the story of Valley Forge and the story reveals little tidbits of trivia not known about various relationships at the camp.
Lobstergirl
Nov 25, 2010 Lobstergirl marked it as will-never-read  ·  review of another edition
I've never understood why Newt Gingrich, supposedly a lobe of the brain trust of the Republican Party, and a college professor, can't write books on his own.
Gary
I can't believe I actually read a book that Newt Gingrich coauthored. I just kept telling myself the other guy probably did all the work.
T Taylor
Imagine trying to feed and shelter 12,000 men in a frozen, snowy field in 1777... Truly unbelievable how America survived and won the war.
Melisa
Well written, easy to follow. Hard to imagine what soldiers went through.
Dlytle
I listened to this on CD, and it was slow starting with the prologue and background. Once the story started, I got more into the time and the characters. My knowledge of history isn't strong, so some of the side stories and maneuverings of Congress were new to me, and I enjoyed listening and then googling to see if they were historically accurate. It is, of course, a biased depiction of the times and battles, but well written, and I was drawn into caring about the characters. I liked it well eno ...more
Christine
This is the story of George Washington and the long winter at Valley Forge. It's the follow up book to the popular To Try Men's Souls, which I loved.

I was blown away by the horrible conditions that these soldiers barely survived in, and they continued to fight.

This was a really good book and I learned a great deal. The pace of this book was slower because there was not much fighting, until the end that is. It was also a darker, sadder book because the reader saw so much pain and suffering with
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Stephanie
This is historical fiction about the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge where General Washington attempted to turn a ragtag bunch of misfits into a lean, mean fighting continental fighting force capable of taking on the British. This was done against nearly insurmountable odds....starvation, dysentary, lice, disease, freezing temperatures and threadbare clothes. The authors populate the story with historical figures as well as fictional ones. They imagine conversations, interpersonal relationships, ...more
Thomas
Gingrich and Forstchen have a wonderful knack for making history come to life, bringing drama and emotion to our jaded view of historical fact. While the textbooks tell us that Valley Forge was cold in the winter of 1777 - 1778, this book spells out what that meant to the men and women stationed there. We know many froze or starved to death, but here we get a picture of what it's like to find a sentry dead at his post in the midst of a blizzard. We hear the screams of a drummer boy whose frozen ...more
Lee
This second Revolutionary War book by Newt Gingrich and others follows the transformation of the Continental Army from a rag tag army to a disciplined fighting force during the hard winter at Valley Forge. It tells of the trials of the soldiers to survive the harsh winter while the British are getting fat in Philadelphia. It follows the arrival of the Drillmaster Baron Von Steuben who helps transform the soldiers into a fighting force to be reckoned with. It follows the so called Conway Cabal wh ...more
Lora Innes
First: This book is Historical Fiction.

Now that that is out of the way, it was an entertaining read, and it brought to light the plight of the Continental Army during their first winter at Valley Forge.

If you're interested in history but just cannot make your way through a real non-fiction history book, I recommend it. If you're interested in history and need a break from all your real non-fiction history books, I also recommend it.

That being said, it was overly sentimental. I got bored with all
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William Young
At first, I thought this book was over-written. The details of the first few months in Valley Forge seemed to be repeated every fifth paragraph as a means of beating it into the reader's head that it was cold, terrible, cold, freezing, sleety, snowy and miserable. I got the point. Otherwise, it was a well-written, well-paced story that follows the birth of the "professional" Continental Army during the stay at Valley Forge while telling the parallel tell of the British in Philadelphia going soft ...more
Alex
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K
Overall I liked this book. My husband got it for Christmas years ago and after reading Written in my Own Heart's Blood, I became more interested in reading more about the Revolutionary War. The characters were pretty flat and the rah rah America as the perfect paragon of freedom felt a little like propaganda. But I thought the book brought history to life in a way I hadn't been exposed to before.
Sandy
Historical fiction is a tricky genre-- plot, accuracy, characters (real and not) can make the read enjoyable, interesting and illuminating. The Authors of Valley Forge make this a worthwhile form of entertainment, providing a sense of the struggles of the soldiers through a brutal winter, the involvement/interefernce of Congress, the multi-facted conflicts between the Americans who were rebels and those who remained loyal, the leadership of Washington, the value of van Stuben's training and the ...more
Diane
While it took about 60 pages to pull me into Valley Forge & get used to Gingrich & Forstchen's narrative style & writing, once engaged I enjoyed the book & learned a lot. This book made me see & feel the miserable conditions at Valley Forge, despair at the political intrigue & manuvering that decimated the revoluntionary army & marvel at General Washington's strength & cunning. It shows flaws, sometimes misplaced trust & unwavering belief in the values of this ...more
Sarah
I have to admit I might be biased about this book. I think I found it so interesting because I live so close to almost every place mentioned in the story (opening battle scene is right down the road and Valley Forge itself is about 15 minutes away). I was afraid this was going to read like a text book but was pleasentaly surprised when it didn't. Gingrich and Forstchen key in on a few main characters and build the story around them and their "experiences" before, during and after Valley Forge. A ...more
Helen
When I think of the pathetic way the revolutionary war has been taught in American schools, it's not hard to understand why people don't understand the cost of freedom. This book puts faces and personalities on the names we only knew through lists of dates and battles. It's an exciting story, full of intrigue, and completely readable. I recommend it especially for young people who find history boring. It is definitely not a dull story!
Darren
I felt this book was better than "Victory at Yorktown", which follows it in this trilogy. It was more historically accurate, but still makes a lot of speculation about the private thoughts, beliefs, and personalities of many historical characters that I am not sure are historically accurate. While reading this book, it MUST be kept in the reader's mind that this is a fictional novel set in a historical setting with many historical figures as characters in the book. This book should not be used a ...more
Chad
Wow, this was a really good piece of historical fiction. Gingrich and Forstchen have done a wonderful job in taking the actual people of 1777 & 1778 and the fictitious conversations that they could have had during actual events and at actual locations during that winter in Valley Forge, York and Philadelphia. I really enjoyed listening to this story on audio CD and recommend it to anyone that enjoys history or the colonial time period. You will learn a lot of actual historical facts even tho ...more
Danielle
I found this novel very well written, and full of factual information from the Revolutionary War. Newt Gingrich does an amazing job of telling the story from several points of view. In addition, he tells an interesting story that enthralls the reader. The Revolutionary War was one of the greatest points in America's History, and Gingrich does a great job of telling a story about the turning point in that war. Most of the facts seem true, but there were some points of the novel that were untrue, ...more
Suzanne Moore
Vivid descriptions of the living conditions and suffering of these Revolutionary soldiers. Just the thought of hiking in snow without shoes blows my mind! I didn't read the first of the George Washington series To Try Men's Souls and maybe that would have helped with the storyline, as some of the characters developed in the first book played a part in the second book. I was most impressed by Martha and the care she gave to Washington and his men in this harsh winter setting.
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Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson) is an American politician who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of the Democratic Party being in the majority. During his tenure as Speaker, he re ...more
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“Do you men still know how to fight?” he (GW) roared.
A primal cry erupted around him.
“Then fall in and show those redcoats over there” — he pointed back to the advancing British — “how Americans can stand and fight for their freedom!”
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