Valley Forge

Valley Forge

The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is and Lucky 666 return with an unforgettable comeback story in American history—the inspiring, page-turning account of Valley Forge, the Continental Army base where George Washington turned the tide of the American Revolution.On December 19, 1777, twelve thousand members of the American Continental...

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Valley Forge Reviews

  • Cristie Underwood

    This book was well researched and well written! I live close to Valley Forge Park and frequently walk around and enjoy the history of it. After reading this book, I feel like I know so much more about one of my favorite places to visit and the importance it has in history.

  • Coleen

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it was an advance reader's edition paperback.

    For some reason, I love reading about the Revolutionary War and am amazed at the new things I learn with every gook. What doesn't change is my amazement that we actually won our independence....

    With zero military experience, I really enjoy all of the strategy and planning [or not] that went into a battle. The British, or course, had all the training, experience and the supplies. The Continentals, under Gener

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it was an advance reader's edition paperback.

    For some reason, I love reading about the Revolutionary War and am amazed at the new things I learn with every gook. What doesn't change is my amazement that we actually won our independence....

    With zero military experience, I really enjoy all of the strategy and planning [or not] that went into a battle. The British, or course, had all the training, experience and the supplies. The Continentals, under General Washington had basically nothing. Hence the Valley Forge book. The conditions were deplorable, plain and simple.

    But surprisingly, a lot was learned, such as the inoculation [variolation] for small pox. The underwater time bombs - which admittedly did not work so well, but were tried. And General Washington's trust in those of his inner circle who turned out to be spies and traitors. Some sooner, such as Benedict Arnold, Peggy Shippen, John Andre, and much later discovered, , General Charles Lee, among others. Who could he trust? His subordinates were writing letters behind his back to the continental congress about what a terrible leader he was!

    Those who are surprised at today's dealing and shenanigans have never read, much less studied, American [and other] histories.

  • Steve

    A interesting book on the comeback of George Washington and his Continental Army being driven out from Philadelphia and encamped at Valley Forge. Washington and his army spent a brutal winter at Valley Forge in December 1777. low on food, clothing, ammunition, and supplies the men were at their lowest. Washington never gave up hope and enlisted the aid of Baron von Steuben, a young Prussian officer who trained Washington's soldiers in European military tactics and the use of the bayonet. Despite

    A interesting book on the comeback of George Washington and his Continental Army being driven out from Philadelphia and encamped at Valley Forge. Washington and his army spent a brutal winter at Valley Forge in December 1777. low on food, clothing, ammunition, and supplies the men were at their lowest. Washington never gave up hope and enlisted the aid of Baron von Steuben, a young Prussian officer who trained Washington's soldiers in European military tactics and the use of the bayonet. Despite the losses from disease, starvation, and the cold. Washington's men regrouped and defeated the British in the Battle of Monmouth Court House.

  • Jimmy Reagan

    Valley Forge. Now that’s a subject worthy of its own book. If nothing else, there’s George Washington. Washington attracts great writers you know. Ron Chernow was compelled to give us a life of Washington while David McCullough gave us 1776, so it’s no surprise to me that the bestselling author team of Bob Drury and Tom Clavin were pulled to Valley Forge. Valley Forge made for one of the greatest chapters of Washington’s celebrated life and contributed immensely to his mystique. Drury and Clavin

    Valley Forge. Now that’s a subject worthy of its own book. If nothing else, there’s George Washington. Washington attracts great writers you know. Ron Chernow was compelled to give us a life of Washington while David McCullough gave us 1776, so it’s no surprise to me that the bestselling author team of Bob Drury and Tom Clavin were pulled to Valley Forge. Valley Forge made for one of the greatest chapters of Washington’s celebrated life and contributed immensely to his mystique. Drury and Clavin give it the treatment it deserves in this fine book.

    The authors struck the right balance in setting up the famous winter in Valley Forge, telling its story, and describing what followed along with its significance. Part 1 tells us of a series of failures that led into the dismal winter. Wait till you read of Brandywine. That this book ends in great victory makes the whole story something of a microcosm of Washington’s amazing life. He had more losses than most any famous general, yet he always preserved to ultimate victory. Defeat never crushed him, the odds never defied him, and he is the poster child of fearlessness in battle. He could rally men that seemed beyond it. All in all, he makes for thrilling reading as this book turns out to be.

    It would be unfair, though, to call this only a biography of an episode of Washington’s life. There are all kinds of heroes and villains to be found. For example, you will despise Charles Lee by book’s end. There’s plenty more across the field among the Redcoats too.

    The famous winter is great drama as well. The suffering was real—so real that the victories in the following spring seemed unreal. My only complaint with this book is that the authors were perhaps more skeptical of some of the Christian elements than seemed necessary. I know legends always have a potential of growing, but the evidence of Washington’s genuine Christianity is greater than what’s found here.

    If you love either Washington or the Revolutionary War, or for that matter any well-written slice of history, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 

  • Pat

    I received a free copy of "Valley Forge" by Bob Duruy and Tom Clavin through the "Good Reads First Reads Giveaway."

    This is a readable, American, History of an event that most readers are familiar with. Important information and details about individuals, often in their own words, gives us new insight into who they really were. The huge bibliography should make any historian happy.

    After reading this wonderful book, you will know something about the actual human beings involved in such an importa

    I received a free copy of "Valley Forge" by Bob Duruy and Tom Clavin through the "Good Reads First Reads Giveaway."

    This is a readable, American, History of an event that most readers are familiar with. Important information and details about individuals, often in their own words, gives us new insight into who they really were. The huge bibliography should make any historian happy.

    After reading this wonderful book, you will know something about the actual human beings involved in such an important event in our history.

    I particularly enjoyed the information contained in the "Epilogue", since this is full of historic and fascinating details.

  • Jim

    I won this book on Goodreads. This book is a very interesting read on the history of the American Revolution. Very detailed and engaging. We should honor the people who fought for everything that we have now and should never forget what they sacrificed for the people of this country.

    The one thing that confused me was that the authors throughout the book kept referring to Baron von Steuben as just Steuben. I have always heard him being referred to as von Steuben or de Steuben, I don't know if th

    I won this book on Goodreads. This book is a very interesting read on the history of the American Revolution. Very detailed and engaging. We should honor the people who fought for everything that we have now and should never forget what they sacrificed for the people of this country.

    The one thing that confused me was that the authors throughout the book kept referring to Baron von Steuben as just Steuben. I have always heard him being referred to as von Steuben or de Steuben, I don't know if the name Steuben is properly being used or not but this is how it was written in this book. I am glad that Greene, Lafayette, Morgan, Knox, and others are given their proper due. Highly recommended and very enjoyable!

  • Casey Wheeler

    This book details the events leading up to, during and after the Continental Army wintering in Valley Forge. The authors do an excellent job of making this history engagind and enjoyable. They clearly outline the challenges that George Washington faced not only from the British, but certain members of the Continental Congress who were trying to insert others in his place. It was a struggle for the army during the winter, but they perservered and eventually won the war. The authors do a good job

    This book details the events leading up to, during and after the Continental Army wintering in Valley Forge. The authors do an excellent job of making this history engagind and enjoyable. They clearly outline the challenges that George Washington faced not only from the British, but certain members of the Continental Congress who were trying to insert others in his place. It was a struggle for the army during the winter, but they perservered and eventually won the war. The authors do a good job of highlighting what happened to the main players in the final chapter.

    I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the Revolutionary War

    I received a free Kindle copy of Valley Forge by Bor Drury and Tom clavin courtesy of Net Galley  and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazonand my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

    I requested this book as I ahve read a great deal on the Revolutionary War, but not on this subject in the detail presented in the book.  This is the first book I have read by the authors.

  • Amy

    Valley Forge is a good and intriguing read based on historical facts. It is easy to read and fast paced. I give it four and a have stars.

  • Tara

    I received an Advance Reader's copy of this book. I found the subject matter highly interesting, focusing upon not only the privations of the Continental army's encampment at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-1778, but also upon the greater political and military forces during this time. This book reads like a textbook to me, complete with an academic vocabulary and footnotes.

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