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The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of… (udgave 2008)

af Paul Lockhart (Forfatter)

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The image of the Baron de Steuben training Washington's ragged, demoralized troops in the snow at Valley Forge is part of the iconography of our Revolutionary heritage, but most history fans know little more about this fascinating figure.In the first book on Steuben since 1937, Paul Lockhart, an expert on European military history, finally explains the significance of Steuben's military experience in Europe. Steeped in the traditions of the Prussian army of Frederick the Great-the most ruthlessly effective in Europe-he taught the soldiers of the Continental Army how to fight like Europeans. His guiding hand shaped the army that triumphed over the British at Monmouth, Stony Point, and Yorktown. And his influence did not end with the Revolution. Steuben was instrumental in creating West Point and in writing the "Blue Book"-the first official regulations of the American army. His principles have guided the American armed forces to this day.Steuben's life is also a classic immigrant story. A failure in midlife, he uprooted himself from his native Europe to seek one last chance at glory and fame in the New World. In America he managed to reinvent himself-making his background quite a bit more glamorous than it really was-but redeeming himself by his exceptional service and becoming, in a sense, the man he claimed to be.… (mere)
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Titel:The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army
Forfattere:Paul Lockhart (Forfatter)
Info:Smithsonian (2008), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
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The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army af Paul Lockhart

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A great, quick read about a man who should be more famous in the US than he is. I enjoyed Paul Lockhart's easy style.

The book definitely fleshed out the Baron de Steuben far beyond what the title suggests. Steuben had a far greater impact on not just the army, but the Revolution itself. Aside from Alexander Hamilton (who's often referred to as "Alex Hamilton" by Lockhart, which is just weird), Steuben may be the best early example of an immigrant chasing, and to a large degree achieving, the American Dream. ( )
  Jarratt | Sep 15, 2020 |
This is an excellent biography of the little known Baron de Steuben, without whom the American Revolution may have been lost. An irascible Prussian ex-patriot, Steuben deemed himself at mid-life to have been a failure. As so many others were able to do, he journeyed to America to reinvent himself. Because of his efforts, a legacy of order and discipline was imparted to the Continental Army that has been carried forward to this day. A brilliant, but flawed man, his story weaves throughout the lives of the heroes of the founding of the United States. ( )
  varielle | Sep 3, 2013 |
This is an excellent book. Loxkhart does job of presenting the characters as real people. He does not fall into eitheer of the common traps; villifying or deifing the founders. This book restore the Baron de Steuben to his rightful place in American History. He is one of the key players of the American Revolution, but he is sinking into obscurity in our society. This book is a must for any student of the Revolutionary War. ( )
  torrey23 | Jul 21, 2012 |
Generally enjoyable and well written biography of one of the Revolutions most interesting characters. Offers a good background to the man many think responsible for the "making" of the Continental Army and explores some little known facets of his later life. ( )
  cfzmjz041567 | Jun 19, 2009 |
This is a well written bioagraphy of Steuben's life, service and aid to Washington's army and debunks many of the stories about him. Steuben was a complex man, a well trained soldier and friend of the American Revolution; well worth reading for those interested in the personalities of the American Revolutionary Army. ( )
  jones120 | Jan 17, 2009 |
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The image of the Baron de Steuben training Washington's ragged, demoralized troops in the snow at Valley Forge is part of the iconography of our Revolutionary heritage, but most history fans know little more about this fascinating figure.In the first book on Steuben since 1937, Paul Lockhart, an expert on European military history, finally explains the significance of Steuben's military experience in Europe. Steeped in the traditions of the Prussian army of Frederick the Great-the most ruthlessly effective in Europe-he taught the soldiers of the Continental Army how to fight like Europeans. His guiding hand shaped the army that triumphed over the British at Monmouth, Stony Point, and Yorktown. And his influence did not end with the Revolution. Steuben was instrumental in creating West Point and in writing the "Blue Book"-the first official regulations of the American army. His principles have guided the American armed forces to this day.Steuben's life is also a classic immigrant story. A failure in midlife, he uprooted himself from his native Europe to seek one last chance at glory and fame in the New World. In America he managed to reinvent himself-making his background quite a bit more glamorous than it really was-but redeeming himself by his exceptional service and becoming, in a sense, the man he claimed to be.

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