The Drillmaster of Valley Forge



A terrific biography.The dramatic story of how the American army that beat the British was forged has never been better told than in this remarkable book Doris Kearns Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of Team of Rivals The true story of the Baron de Steuben and the making of the American Army, The Drillmaster of Valley Forge is the first biography in half a century of the immigrant Prussian soldier who molded George Washington s ragged, demoralized troops into the fighting force that eventually triumphed in America s War of Independence Praised by renowned historian Thomas Fleming as an important book for anyone interested in the American Revolution, The Drillmaster of Valley Forge rights a historical wrong by finally giving a forgotten hero his well deserved due. Best Read The Drillmaster of Valley Forge [ by ] Paul Lockhart [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – tiffanydaniels.co.ukThe Drillmaster of Valley Forge

Paul Lockhart is a history professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio His first four books are about the history of Scandinavia, but in 2006 he decided to write for a broader audience and hence returned to his roots in early American history His fifth book, THE DRILLMASTER OF VALLEY FORGE THE BARON DE STEUBEN AND THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN ARMY HarperCollins, 2008 , was his first wid Paul Lockhart is a history professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio His first four books are about the history of Scandinavia, but in 2006 he decided to write for a broader audience and hence returned to his roots in early American history His fifth book, THE DRILLMASTER OF VALLEY FORGE THE BARON DE STEUBEN AND THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN ARMY HarperCollins, 2008 , was his first wide release title.Lockhart s latest book, THE WHITES OF THEIR EYES BUNKER HILL, THE FIRST AMERICAN ARMY, AND THE EMERGENCE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON HarperCollins, 2011 , tells the story of that famous battle and challenges some of the most enduring myths and misperceptions about that battle.Paul Lockhart lives near Dayton, Ohio, with his wife, Mary, and their five year old son, Alex plus two cats and two dogs

The Drillmaster of Valley Forge  By Paul Lockhart IBN : 0061451630 Format : Hardcover – tiffanydaniels.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Drillmaster of Valley Forge
  • Paul Lockhart
  • English
  • 13 March 2017
  • 0061451630

10 thoughts on “The Drillmaster of Valley Forge

  1. says:

    Paul Lockhart does an excellent history on how the American Army was molded during the revolution and the man whose tireless zeal and boundless energy made it happen Often overlooked in American history the Baron de Steuben s contributions to the colonies war effort were truly astounding It is about time we get an updated book that reassess those contributions and shows the work he did not just at Valley Forge but beyond This book is not just a military history though and goes into the highly Paul Lockhart does an excellent history on how the American Army was molded during the revolution and the man whose tireless zeal and boundless energy made it happen Often overlooked in American history the Baron de Steuben s contributions to the colonies war effort were truly astounding It is about time we get an updated book that reassess those contributions and shows the work he did not just at Valley Forge but beyond This book is not just a military history thoug...

  2. says:

    overly positive, but fascinating look at the Prussian striver who turned the continentals into a revolutionary enlightenment era army.

  3. says:

    A well written and evenhanded biography of Steuben Although most books don t mention much beside his activity at Valley Forge, Lockhart gives us a great history of this colorful figure and his times He gives us a great portrait of the baron himself, who as Lockhart shows, was quite flexible when it came to the facts of his backstory He nevertheless demonstrated a mastery of military training and tactics Even though he deceived everyone in order to get his job, he turned out to be pretty good A well written and evenhanded biography of Steuben Althoug...

  4. says:

    I had some knowledge in passing of Baron de Steuben before reading this book, and remembered that he had contributed to the success of the American Revolution After reading this book I now know that he contributed mightily to the ultimate victory of the fledgling country over the British The author does an outstanding job of making Steuben a real flesh and blood person, and doesn t gloss over his flaws, although they were clearly overshadowed by his strengths This country owes a lot to him an I had some knowledge in passing of Baron de Steuben before reading this book, and remembered that he had contributed to the success of the American Revolution After reading this book I now know that he contributed mightily to the ultimate victory of the fledgling country over the British The author does an outstanding job of making Steuben a real flesh and blood ...

  5. says:

    Really enjoyed this book The author gave a very detailed account of what is known of the Baron de Steuben s life, butimportantly provided a fantastic sketch of his legacy to the US military So much of the current structure, organization and training is based on his ideas and the institutions he created It was a fascinating read and also gives insights into other historical figures in US history, specifically Washington, Hamilton and LaFayette Highly recommend for anyone interested in l Really enjoyed this book The author gave a very detailed account of what is known of the Baron de Steuben s life, butimportantly provided a fantastic sketch of his legacy to the US military So much of the current structure, organization and training is based on his ideas and the institutions he created It was a fascinat...

  6. says:

    FascinatingThis was a fascinating look at an American hero The Baron was both flawed and strong This book doesn t pull punches but gives credit where it is due in a very readable way

  7. says:

    An interesting and balanced portrait of a revolutionary war legend More instrumental in the war effort than I originally thought.

  8. says:

    3.75

  9. says:

    Whether dealing with the governor, or militia officers, or ordinary citizens, the Baron found it impossible to be subtle I have been fascinated by the character of Baron de Steuben Baron von Steuben since first reading about him in biographies of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton Not only did Steuben play a critical role in the success of the American Revolution perhaps the most critical aside from Washington himself but he was a fascinating and complicated individual.I would putWhether dealing with the governor, or militia officers, or ordinary citizens, the Baron found it impossible to be subtle I have been fascinated by the character of Baron de Steuben Baron von Steuben since first reading about him in biographies of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton Not only did Steuben play a critical role in the success of the American Revolution perhaps the most critical aside from Washington himself but he was a fascinating and complicated individual.I would put this book into my list of the top 5 books required for students of the American Revolution More than any other description of the war, I better understood the southern campaigns, particularly the difficulty in Virginia This book did not do anything to improve my overall opinion of Thomas Jefferson Because Steuben did not play a major role in the American government afte...

  10. says:

    Very engaging, a fast read I like that the author doesn t paint Steuben with overly broad strokes and admits some things about the Baron were embellishments and resume padding, but not all of them, and not always was the Baron solely to blame The author s very fair in that regard A surprisingly critical view of Lafayette, though one I have no reason to second guess Of course such a young general would be naive and foolhardy at times, it s only in the myth lore of him that he s idealized eve Very engaging, a fast read I like that the author doesn t paint Steuben with overly broad strokes and admits some things about the Baron were embellishments and resume padding, but not all of them, and not always was the Baron solely to blame The author s very fair in that regard A surprisingly critical view of Lafayette, though one I have no reason to second guess Of course such a young general would be naive and foolh...

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