Episode #16: Valley Forge
We're talking military history today and invoking the the Indispensable Man, His Excellency, George Washington.
My guest today is Bob Drury. Bob is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist-turned-author who has written or co-written over a dozen books. He joins us on the podcast to talk about his most recent book, Valley Forge, that he co-wrote with Tom Clavin. Today, Bob and I separate the myths of Valley Forge from the reality, how George Washington became the one man the American Revolution could not do without, and how the hellish six months in Valley Forge tempered the Continental Army from a ragtag militia into a professional fighting force capable of ousting the largest empire in the world.
Key Points in Today's Podcast
Some of the major topics I discuss with Bob in this episode are:
The status of the first year of the American Revolution
How George Washington the man compares to the person on the dollar bill
The hardship the Continental Army experienced at Valley Forge
The role of Baron von Steuben overhauled Washington's fighting force
For the Ever Curious
If you are interested in learning more about Bob Drury or Valley Forge, consider checking out these resources:
Books by Bob Drury
Fatso: Football When Men Were Really Men (with Arthur J. Jr. Donovan)
Incident at Howard Beach: The Case for Murder (with Charles J. Hynes)
Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family was the Mob (with Lou Eppolito)
The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat (with Tom Clavin)
Last Men Out: The True Story of America's Heroic Final Hours in Vietnam (with Tom Clavin)
Classic Routes: the World's Best Hang Gliding and Paragliding Cross Country Routes (with Sylvie Converset, Charlie King, and Marcus Kin)
War, Sports...and Butterflies: The Greatest Hits of Bob Drury (with James Morganelli & Tom Clavin)
Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission (with Tom Clavin)
Valley Forge National Historic Park - As Bob mentioned in the interview, the Valley Forge site features replicas of Washington's winter quarters, a museum, and a knowledgeable tour staff.