Washington's Secret War
The defining moments of the Revolutionary War did not occur on the battlefield or at the diplomatic table, claims Thomas Fleming, but at Valley Forge, where the Continental Army wintered in 1777 & 78. WASHINGTON'S SECRET WAR tells the dramatic story of how those several critical months transformed a beaten, bedraggled group of recruits into a professional army capable...more
Despite the subtitle, nothing I read about Valley Forge in this book was hidden to me. I already knew that the weather wasn't that cold, or that the soldiers were starving because of poor administration, not a lack of food (Valley Forge is actually rich farmland with high yields). Moreover, I already knew about the Conway Cabal and Washington's efforts to fend off usurpers like Horatio ...more
* Did you know that during the Revolutionary War that Philadelphia was the largest city in America and 3rd largest city in the British Empire.
Fleming doesn't bother to hide his contempt for his villains, the "true Whigs" (such as Benjamin Rush, Sam Adams, James Lovell, and their fellows; political theorists today might call their tendency "civic republicanism") and the scheming ...more
This is an alternative history of the period during the Revolution when Washington and his Continental Army was holed up at Valley Forge for the winter of 1777. 1777 was a mixed year for the Continental effort. It started out on January 3 with Washington’s victory at Princeton after his surprise attack and victory at Trenton on December 26 of 1776. These two victories turned the tide for the rebels and sec ...more
A majority of the book focuses on the political intrigues between Generals (Washington, Ga ...more
There is enough dram ...more
As an avid reader of American history, I truly loved this find. After visiting the Valley Forge National Park, I stumbled onto this book in the bookstore when searching for a good read about the history behind Valley Forge. Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge was an extraordinary historical recollection as Thomas Fleming reveals the 'politics' of the day. Through letters and personal journals, Fleming shares Washington’s struggled to prepare the Continental Army to fig ...more
The hardships and suffering of George Washington’s forces at Valley Forge during the winter months of 1777-8 have been related by numerous historians and are well known, even to those with a mere smattering of knowledge of American history. However, the political intrigues and behind-the-scenes efforts by various factions during the American Revolution to undermine George Washington’s leadership are not so well known – until now.
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It's the tale of George Washington and his not-just-sunshine patriots wintering at Valley Forge while the Brits literally crapped all over the capital of Philadelphia.
Granted, GW had to overcome LOTS of doubters and haters and back-stabbers ...more
You had a faction of Congress that believed that a weak federal government was the best course for the states and worked toward this goal behind the scenes. George Washing ...more
Thomas Fleming does an amazing job of telling the story from the complex angle of the political movements of the “true whigs” in Congress to discredit Washington and replace him with Horatio Gates, Charles Lee, or who ever else the could find to bring down this “demigod” named Washington.
I am a true believer in the premise that there were many key figures in the birth of our Nat ...more
After graduating from St. Peter's Prepa ...more