Valley Forge Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The number-one New York Times best-selling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is and Lucky 666 return with an unforgettable and perhaps the most underappreciated chapter in American history - the inspiring, pause-resisting account of Valley Forge, the Continental Army winter camp where George Washington turned the tide of the American Revolution.
On December 19, 1777, some 12,000 members of America’s nascent Continental Army staggered into Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, a small encampment 23 miles northwest of British-occupied Philadelphia. The starving and half-naked force was reeling from a string of demoralizing defeats at the hands of the King George III’s army and barely equipped to survive the coming winter. Their commander in chief, the focused and forceful George Washington, was at the lowest ebb of his military career. With the Continental Congress in exile and its treasury depleted, the American Revolution appeared lost.
As the days and weeks passed, however, Washington embarked on a mission to transform his troops from a bobtail army of citizen soldiers into a professional fighting force. Keeping a wary eye out for a British attack, he was aided by a trio of homegrown generals as well as a young coterie of American advisors and foreign volunteers led by Alexander Hamilton, John Laurens, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Within six months, Washington had achieved his miracle.
Valley Forge is the riveting true story of an underdog US toppling an empire. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documents - and drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nation - the New York Times best-selling authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin provide a breathtaking account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in the battle for American independence.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 45 minutes|
|Author||Bob Drury, Tom Clavin|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 02, 2018|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #40,722 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#54 in US Revolution & Founding History (Audible Books & Originals)
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#316 in U.S. Revolution & Founding History
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2018
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I am here to say you will embrace the storytelling of this “Valley Forge” with deep admiration, fascination and joy. You will come away with a newly discovered respect for George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, John Laurens and my personal favorite, the incredibly colorful, Baron von Steuben. The British are fierce and relentless and you will easily find yourself in awe of their command. This is a brutal chess match with terrible consequences.
When you learn of the Continental Army’s commitment to duty, overcoming outrageous odds and steely vision to success, you will say, “who are these guys and why don’t we have men like them today when we sorely need them?”
If American history had been taught to us in school in this dynamically entertaining fashion as the authors have delivered in this book, we would all be “scholars” on the topic.
I will add that “Valley Forge” has provided an epilogue for the ages. Instead of just neatly completing the stories of these great men, the authors Bob Drury and Tom Calvin scatter the field with subtle tales that demand you as an engaged reader should take up and discover for yourself. Clever—perhaps more books from them for us to enjoy in the near future.