Victory at Yorktown

A Novel

George Washington Series (Volume 3)

Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

Thomas Dunne Books

New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen present the triumphant conclusion to their George Washington series—a novel of leadership, brotherhood, loyalty, and the victory of the American cause.


It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British.  The enemy position in New York is far too strong, and all approaches covered by the Royal Navy.   At last two crucial reports reach Washington.   The first is that the French have briefly committed a fleet to the American coast to engage the British.  The second is that British General Cornwallis, driven to distraction by the protracted warfare in the Carolinas, has decided to withdraw into Yorktown to establish a new base.  


Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history.  He will take nearly his entire army out of New Jersey and New York, and force march it more than three hundred miles in complete secrecy.  He must pray that the French navy is successful in blockading Chesapeake Bay, so that he can fall upon Cornwallis, lay siege to him, and capture his entire force.   It is a campaign ladened with “Ifs” but the stalemate must be broken, otherwise the American spirit, after six long years of war, will crumble.


Sergeant Peter Wellsley is tasked with “paving the way” for the rapid movement of the army, and above all else neutralizing any loyalists who might slip off to provide warning. The entire operation is predicated on complete, total surprise, a near-impossible task for an army moving through areas that harbor strong loyalists.  On the other side, Allen Van Dorn, still mourning the loss of his friend Major Andre, receives bits and pieces of reports from civilians that something is afoot across New Jersey and is tasked to find out what.   When one of the former friends is captured, both must decide where their true loyalties lie during the heat of the Battle of Yorktown as Washington’s professional army, once a “rabble in arms,” executes the war’s most decisive contest.


With Victory at Yorktown, critically acclaimed authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have reached the pinnacle of their talents in a tour de force narrative of one of America’s most important heroes.


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OCTOBER 1, 1780
Despite the sun shining brightly through the autumn leaves on the Hudson Valley, he felt cold, cold and weary. They had given him a mission, and it was almost a curse that it should have fallen on him. Since this damn war had started for him, nearly four years ago, he had never felt as alone and depressed as he did now.
Major Allen van Dorn was posted to the staff of General Sir Henry Clinton, commander in chief of all of His Majesty’s forces in North America. He looked over at his sole escort, the rather


Praise for Victory at Yorktown

Praise for Victory at Yorktown:

“The novel colorfully and accurately portrays Washington and other figures as they struggle with tactics, logistics, intelligence, meddling politicians, and petty rivalries… Exciting historical fiction, offering insight into just how close George Washington and the Americans came to losing the war.” –Publishers Weekly

 “Augmented with character sketches of lesser-known patriots, the book brings Washington to life as a resolute and bold general. The authors shine brightly in describing the depth of his emotion flowing from the victory at Yorktown.” –Kirkus


“Although Gingrich and Forstchen’s military sagas are always popular, count on increased interest in America’s first—and only truly bipartisan—president this election season.” --Booklist

Praise for the works of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen:

“Masterful storytelling.” --William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs

“Creative, clever, and fascinating.” --James Carville

“Compelling narrative force and meticulous detail.” --The Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Gingrich and Forschten write with authority and with sensitivity.” --St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Grim, gritty, realistic, accurate, and splendid, this is a soaring epic of triumph over almost unimaginable odds.”  --Library Journal on To Try Men’s Souls

“With each book… Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers.” --William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer

“The authors’ research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action.” --Publishers Weekly

“The writing is vivid and clear.” --Washington Times

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  • Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

  • NEWT GINGRICH, recent Presidential Candidate and former Speaker of the House, is the bestselling author of Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor and the longest serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting Course for Major Generals at Air University and is an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, with whom he hosts and produces documentaries, including their latest, A City Upon A Hill.


    WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, Ph.D., is a Faculty Fellow at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of more than forty books.  He is the New York Times best selling author of One Second After. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his daughter, Meghan.


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    A Novel

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    Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen



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