The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army




      The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army
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. New Read The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army by Paul Lockhart For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army
  • Paul Lockhart
  • English
  • 14 March 2019
  • 0061451630

10 thoughts on “ The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army

  1. Brian 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 ...

  2. Geoff says:

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

  3. Bill Plott says:

    This is an excellent biography of a critical figure in the battle for independence Baron de Steuben is mostly remembered for the three months he spent raising the morale and training of the patriots in the terrible winter at Valley Forge But he also wrote The Blue Book, a manual of army regulations and procedures that was still in use by the War of 1812 It was his idea for a standing peacetime army to be supplemented as needed by state militias It was also his idea that led to the creation This is an excellent biography of a critical figure in the battle for independence Baron de Steuben is mostly remembered for the three months he spent raising the morale and training of the patriots in the terrible ...

  4. Jerome 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 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 at it anyway In Lockhart s book, Steuben was a cheerful, extroverted blowhard, but he was also military competent enough to be on Frederick the Great s staff, which brought out the worst...

  5. Lonette says:

    This was an enjoyable read for me The first part of the book deals with Steuben s youth and years in the Prussian army under Fredrick the Great where he distinguished himself However, he was not as successful during peacetime He racketed around Europe for several years until he landed in Paris, France and met Silas Deane and Benjamin Franklin, who recruited him to help with the Continental Army Fearing that Congress would not accept the Baron as is, Franklin, Deane, and others invented a This was an enjoyable read for me The first part of the book deals with Steuben s youth and years in the Prussian army under Fredrick the Great where he distinguished himself However, he was not as successful during peacetime He racketed around Europe for several years until he landed in Paris, France and met Silas Deane and Benjamin Franklin, who recruited him to help with the Continental Army Fearing that Congress would not accept the Baron as is, Franklin, Deane, and others invented aexciting background for the 48 year old soldier Congress granted approval, and after ...

  6. Wesley Allen says:

    This is a fascinating book about one of therecognizable names, but least well known, figures of the Revolutionary War Steuben is a complex personality, who was both endearing and grating He found it easy to make acquaintances, but few ever became his friends Ordinary soldiers loved him, politicians tended to hate his directness, and many officers were frustrated by his Prussian ways.Aside from chronicling Steuben s life, Lockhart also takes readers into some less well known aspects of This is a fascinating book about one of therecognizable names, but least well known, figures of the Revolutionary War Steuben is a complex personality, who was both endearing and grating He found it easy to make acquaintances, but few ever became his friends Ordinary soldiers loved him, ...

  7. Alan Smith says:

    Good for American Revolutionary War History ReadersI enjoyed reading this book because it provides a certain perspective on the Revolutionary War written with the right amount of facts and storytelling.The author pulls from original sources I think the author for the most part was fair to Stueben, but one page he calls into question Stueben s sexual preference which I think is ridiculous and unnecessary This demonstrates ...

  8. Scott says:

    Excellent, well written biography of de Steuben and the history of his contributions to the U.S Army s discipline, organization, and defeat of the British The most striking thought that I take away from the book is a key difference between the army and navy given civilian control of the military Since the navy operates in an inherently unfamiliar environment, civilians are much less likely to think they understand naval operations However, because the army often operates in close proximity Excellent, well written biography of de Steuben and the history of his contributions to the U.S Army s discipline, organization, and defeat of the British The most striking thought that I take away from the book is a key difference between the army and navy given civilian control of the military Since the navy operates in an inherently unfamiliar environment, civilians are much less likely to think ...

  9. John Yingling 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 I had some knowl...

  10. Katrina Nowak 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, spe...

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