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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: William R. Forstchen, Albert S. Hanser, Newt Gingrich Narrator: William Dufris, Callista Gingrich Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Revolutionary War Series Release Date: November 2010 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.

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

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry Stafford | 12/31/2013

    " I read this for book club. After having just finished a George Washington biography, I found this historical fiction novel a bit annoying. I've never been a historical fiction fan anyway. I'd rather read the real thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/23/2013

    " I don't read a lot of fiction but I really enjoyed this book. An easy read which included some facts about the Revolutionary War I didn't know. As with a lot of my reads I'm always struck by leaders and leadership. Examples in this book came from the unlikeliest of individuals. The authors take you from the lows of the encampment of Valley Forge to the highs of victory at Monmouth Junction. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert | 12/20/2013

    " A very good novel. The frequent use of 3 letter name of deity is not good. I question that the colonists even used it prevalently. The authors even point out in the discussion of the time that the patriots pretty much felt that the war would be won on the basis of their honoring the Lord. George Washington forbade profanity, so why would he use it himself, as the novel puts into his mouth? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Noel | 12/19/2013

    " Amazing story personalized as a novel of early American history. I never knew what occurred in the historically famous Valley Forge. I had a hard time putting the book down. The detail and story line taught me a lot about the early leaders of this great nation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/11/2013

    " I could not put it down. This is the best book that I read all year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Midge | 9/22/2013

    " An eye-opening account of Washington's struggle to maintain the nation's army through a harsh winter with little support of any kind from congress. It is unbelievable to me what these men had to endure in order to survive! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jglenn28 | 6/6/2013

    " Full of historical information that I did not know from school history lessons. Enjoyed the story and the characters but the story bogged down some during the looooooooong descriptive passages about the battles. I had to speed read there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Murphy | 3/7/2013

    " Such a well written blend of facts and fiction, you'll feel like you're there and will be pressed to tell the real facts from the fictional accounts "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajoynerrsa | 9/12/2012

    " Great book. Anyone should read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melisa | 8/6/2012

    " Well written, easy to follow. Hard to imagine what soldiers went through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Dickson | 9/11/2011

    " Believe it or not, this was a page turner. Couldn't put it down. Their determination and will to win in spite of the circumstances gave me a renewed respect for Washington. Truly inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 5/18/2011

    " Was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this historical fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 4/7/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/16/2011

    " Believe it or not, this was a page turner. Couldn't put it down. Their determination and will to win in spite of the circumstances gave me a renewed respect for Washington. Truly inspirational. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jglenn28 | 2/2/2011

    " Full of historical information that I did not know from school history lessons. Enjoyed the story and the characters but the story bogged down some during the looooooooong descriptive passages about the battles. I had to speed read there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/2/2011

    " This was a great read. Don't be put off by any political biases you may have towards the author. If you are interested in the Revolutionary War period of colonial America, you should definitely check this out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/31/2010

    " Never mind his politics, Newt writes a great hisyorical novel. He can bring history to life and makt meaningful in this day in age. Great insights as to the way it was 235 years ago. "

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About the Author

William R. Forstchen has a PhD from Purdue University with specializations in Military History and the History of Technology. He is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College. He is the author of fifty books, including the New York Times bestselling series One Second After, the Lost Regiment series, and the award-winning young adult novel We Look Like Men of War. He has also authored numerous short stories and articles about military history and military technology.

About the Narrators

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.

Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions, a performance and production company focusing on audio, video, and photographic production. She is married to Newt Gingrich.