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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (324 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Newt Gingrich Narrator: William Dufris, Callista Gingrich Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In To Try Men's Souls, 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 lives under tents in the bitter cold. Food runs out. 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 von Steuben. 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 will change the course of history.

Valley Forge is a tour-de-force about endurance, survival, transformation, and rebirth. Washington and his Continental Army, against all odds, will be forged into a fighting force that will win a revolution.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Taylor Belt | 2/1/2014

    " Again, this book is a great story. Gingrich does a great job of bringing out the human agony that took place in that Pennsylvania field. I loved it. I have a new respect for the humaness and leadership of George Washington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/23/2014

    " 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. And don't let the name "Newt Gingrich" scare away any liberal minded people from reading it. In my opinion, it is purely a historical fiction piece that leaves you in awe of the men and women that fought in the Americal Revolutionary War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Bartlett | 1/17/2014

    " A work of historical fiction which some people don't care for but it actually works for Valley Forge. No epic battles, no earth shaking events like Gettysburg, Valley Forge was important to the soldiers who fought the revolution. Describes the Continental Army's tranformation from rag-tag and desperate to disciplined fighting force. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 1/4/2014

    " hard to get into, but makes you appreciate those who fought for our freedom!! "

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