Sunday, February 6, 2011
Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman
Washington at Valley Forge tells the story of how the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge. Descriptions of the horrible living conditions, freezing temperatures, starvation, and disease faced by all who spent the winter there gives the reader a better understanding of the difficulties overcome by Washington and his men. Just about every page features an illustration to compliment the text, while not overpowering it.
As typically found with any book by Russell Freedman, the story is well-researched, presented in a logical and simple way, but not dry or boring. In fact, I found the book to read like a novel with vivid descriptions. I'm not sure how many casual readers will actually pick up this book, but I hope to get it in the hands of some non-fiction and biography lovers. My grade? A solid 'B.'