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The Drillmaster of Valley Forge A Terrific BiographyThe 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Drillmaster of Valley Forge
  • Paul Lockhart
  • English
  • 07 May 2017
  • 0061451630

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About the Author: Paul Lockhart

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

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 though and goes into the highly political situation that the American Army found itself in vis a vis Congress From the attempt to remove Washington to even the Baron s own machinations within Congress the reader can see the complexity in which this army existed Lockhart also does a good job of tracking down the European history of the Baron and shows the fraudulent way he presented himself in coming over to America but his own drive and skill allowed him to make up for his pedigrees shortcomings and as Lockhart shows the baron becomes the first American story.Lockhart, who is a skilled military historian, covers the campaigns and training programs in great detail but unlike many military historians is able to tie them back to the bigger picture making for a very fascinating read The creation of the blue book which was the guiding principle of the American military through the war of 1812 and influenced it quite a bit beyond that was created by the Baron and his staff and is covered well in here The idea that forms the core of the American military as also a Baron idea and its etymology is discussed in this book Those looking for campaign details will not be disappointed as there are plenty of campaign details covered in the book especially within the NJ invasion and the southern campaign with Greene Overall this was a very enjoyable book and well worth the time to read

  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 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 in him The baron was basically a likeable man, but he lacked the wits and savviness required, and got himself fired, although this was also the result of a fellow officer who found Steuben too competent for his own career prospects Not only was Steuben out of a job, he also had no money, so he became secretary, a job ill suited for his talents and temperament Also, he was incapable of saving any cash he managed to earn Valley Forge turned out to be a career saver for him, even though the Continental Army was on the verge of giving up by that point the only thing preventing mass desertions was the fact that all of the roads were covered in snow The army was in such poor condition that they couldn t even march in formation unless single file counts as formation Steuben eventually became drillmaster by default he had never actually asked for or wanted the job originally Fortunately, the baron adapted, although at first he would explode in rage whenever soldiers asked him why they had to do such and such a drill almost every soldier asked this question Fortunately, the baron,remarkably, learned how to turn his infamous temper on and off for effect, and his expertise, force of personality ability to understand the American soldier were crucial.Lockhart digs into the baron s training methods and philosophy, and Lockhart is great at highlighting Steuben s expertise, empathy for the troops, and colorful personality He also explores many of the issues around Steuben, such as his alleged homosexuality, of which Lockhart finds no conclusive evidence Lockhart also examines his military command in Virginia, which is often criticized, but Lockhart argues that the baron did as well as anybody could have expected Also, Lockhart reveals that the embellishment of his backstory was cooked up by Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane and Pierre Beaumarchais, and Steuben simply went along with it once Steuben actually arrived at Valley Forge, he revealed the truth to Washington After the war, Congress gave the baron land there was plenty around following the expulsion of the Indians and loyalists but refused to pay him the money promised it took Washington s and Franklin s intervention to get Congress to pay, but he still died in debt anyway the baron s money problems make up a good part of the narrative Also great is Lockhart s treatment of two of the baron s defining characteristics his aristocratic background and his easy familiarity with common soldiers.An enjoyable and readable biography, although some issues do not receive much detail, like the baron s entertaining feud with Jefferson The few typos are also a minor irritant

  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 person, and doesn t gloss over his flaws, although they were clearly overshadowed by his strengths This country owes a lot to him and the book reinforces the fact that immigrants, over the course of our country s history, have made valuable and permanent benefits to our story

  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 fascinating read and also gives insights into other historical figures in US history, specifically Washington, Hamilton and LaFayette Highly recommend for anyone interested in learningabout early American military history

  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 after the war, his contributions are forgotten I would not argue that he deserves a place among the founding fathers , necessarily but I would argue that he should be our primary military hero alongside George Washington His influence on the outcome of the war and on the military future of the new independent country was significant.After reading descriptions of Steuben in other biography s Chernow s Hamilton, for example , I had come away with the impression that it was generally accepted that Steuben was homosexual However, unless author Paul Lockhart deliberately suppressed evidence of it and I have absolutely no reason to believe that he did , it seems that Steuben s actual sexuality was a bitof a mystery One could certainly make some assumptions or guesses based on the way that the Baron lived, but no significant evidence exists in any direction I did find it curious that the author specifically notes that Steuben may have been homosexual, heterosexual or even asexual but Mr Lockhart seems to ignore the possibility of bi sexuality Not significant in the reading of the book, but curious that it was left out

  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 foolhardy at times, it s only in the myth lore of him that he s idealized even by me Similarly, Jefferson comes across as a total bureaucrat but it s somewhat consistent with other reading I ve done and I think his attitude evolves and he sa doer once he s in the role of President What struck me most is that Steuben is essentially a consultant He has mastered a particular trade of value Prussian soldiering and randomly stumbles upon those in need of his expertise and makes a name for himself just by teaching everyone what is common knowledge among many he knows Granted, he also has a passion and a drive to do his job thoroughly, but ultimately, he s a consultant and a poorly paid one One minor complaint is that the author is a bit too defensive at times He writes as if he s confronting fellow academics, forgetting that the vast majority of us don t care about squabbles between academics

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