About the BookIn "To Try Men's Souls, New York Times"-bestselling authors Gingrich and 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. Much has changed since then.
A riveting, personal look at one of our country's first heroes in the second captivating novel of the George Washington series by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, the New York Times bestselling authors of To Try Men's SoulsIt's the winter of 1777, a year after Washington's triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and the battered, demoralized Continental Army retreats from Philadelphia. At Valley Forge, they discover that their requests for supplies have been ignored by Congress. With no other options, for weeks the army freezes under tents in the bitter cold. The men are on the point of collapse, while in Philadelphia the British live in luxury. In spite of the suffering, Washington endures, joined by a volunteer from Germany, Baron Friederich von Steuben. With precious little time, von Steuben begins recasting the army as a professional corps capable of facing the British head-on--something it has never accomplished before--in the process changing the course of history. Valley Forge is a compelling, painstakingly researched tour-de-force novel about survival, transformation, and rebirth. It chronicles the unique crucible of time and place where Washington and his army, against all odds, were forged into the force that would win a revolution and found the United States of America.
"This second title in the George Washington series (after To Try Men's Souls) offers an energetic dramatization of the Continental Army's grim winter bivouac at Valley Forge, Pa., in 1777.... Gingrich and Forstchen recreate the sights and smells of the Continental Army's hand-to-mouth camp life and the battlefield action around Valley Forge with a brisk panache that should bode well for future entries." --Publishers Weekly on Valley Forge"Masterful storytelling." --William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs, on Pearl Harbor "Creative, clever, and fascinating." --James Carville on Gettysburg "Compelling narrative force and meticulous detail." --The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Gettysburg "Gingrich and Forstchen write with authority and with sensitivity." --St. Louis Post Dispatch on Gettysburg "Grim, gritty, realistic, accurate, and splendid, this is a soaring epic of triumph over almost unimaginable odds." --Library Journal on To Try Men's Souls "With each book... Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers." --William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer, on Never Call Retreat "The authors' research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action." --Publishers Weekly on Gettysburg "The writing is vivid and clear." --Washington Times on Gettysburg
About the Author
NEWT GINGRICH, former Speaker of the House, bestselling author of Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor, the longest serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting Course for Major Generals at Air University, and an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, with whom he hosts and produces documentaries, including A City Upon A Hill.WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, Ph.D., is a Faculty Fellow at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of more than forty books. He is the New York Times best selling author of One Second After, published by Tor/Forge of St. Martin's Press. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his daughter, Meghan.