SOCIAL SCIENCES

Valley Forge

Drury, Bob & . S. & S. Oct. 2018. 432p. illus. maps. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781501152719. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781501152733. HIST
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At the end of 1777, then army commander George Washington was in trouble. He was blamed for a series of recent defeats, the British controlled Philadelphia, and his soldiers were struggling through the winter at Valley Forge, PA. Best-selling coauthors Drury and Clavin (Lucky 666) return to the battlefields that have shaped American history in this latest work that provides context to the famous winter quarters of 1777–78, beginning with the Continental defeats at the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown, as well as the growing fissure between Washington and his subordinate Gen. Horatio Gates. The grim hardships of the winter quarters are cast in full detail; the disease and the desertion, which are matched by the growing discipline and cohesion of the Continental Army. The work concludes with Washington's victory at Monmouth Courthouse, NJ; a symbolic affirmation for both Washington and the patriot cause. As in their work The Heart of Everything That Is, Drury and Clavin craft an informative history while maintaining a smooth, narrative flow.
VERDICT The authors' large readership will relish this book, as will American history buffs seeking a well-researched yet accessible presentation. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18].

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