Book: Valley Forge
Authors: Newt Gingrich & William R. Forstchen
Opening Line: “Fix bayonets!”
Introduction first sentence: “At a time when many Americans despair over their country’s future, worry about their political leaders, and find themselves looking to the Founding Fathers for guidance, there is a lot to learn from the difficult challenges that faced Americans in the fall of 1777.”
Closing Line: “America shall never forget you, sir. Never.”
Synopsis: Gingrich's & Forstchen’s second in a series of historical novels on George Washington focuses on the Continental Army’s long, cold winter in Valley Forge and its transformation from a rag-tag group of starving soldiers into a well-trained militia.
Publication Date: November 9, 2010
Number of Pages: 438
List Price: $27.99
Birthday Sentence: (6/17/43) 6+17+43 = pg. 66: “The impact on the large number of wounded and prisoners had been dreadful.”
Takeaway: Valley Forge paints Congress and the day’s politicians as selfish and impractical for failing to supply the army, and in his introduction Gingrich refers to “the problems of big government, big deficits, high taxes, and arrogant politicians.” Even when writing historical fiction, the former House speaker can’t resist taking shots at Congress.
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