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Paul Lockhart,Norman Dietz
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In The Drillmaster at Valley Forge, Paul Lockhart tells the remarkable story of an extraordinary man-bringing to. .Baron Von Steuben was the man that taught them the essentials during that terrible winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, and much more

In The Drillmaster at Valley Forge, Paul Lockhart tells the remarkable story of an extraordinary man-bringing to flesh and blood life the hitherto little-known figure whose image has long been part of the iconography of our Revolutionary heritage. Baron Von Steuben was the man that taught them the essentials during that terrible winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, and much more. He cared about his men, and though he was an officer, he knew the privations of the ordinary infantryman, and drilled them like an Marine . or an Army Drill Sergeant. And the troops loved him for it!

The image of the Baron de Steuben training Washington's ragged, demoralized troops in the snow at Valley .

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

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Paul Lockhart does an excellent history on how the American Army was molded during the revolution and the man . 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.

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. After reading this book I now know that he contributed mightily to the ultimate victory of the fledgling country over the British.

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The Baron De Steuben conned his way into the American army with false credentials concocted with the assistance of the .

The Baron De Steuben conned his way into the American army with false credentials concocted with the assistance of the American emissaries to France. This was necessary because foreign officers had become problematic in America at the time (1777) unless they possessed a large and undoubted expertise in war. Steuben possessed the expertise. It is clearly sympathetic to von/de Steuben, and makes a firm case that von Steuben was much more important to the patriot cause than for just his work at Valley Forge for three months in 1778.

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Written by Paul Lockhart, narrated by Norman Dietz. The Baron De Steuben and the Making of the American Army. Narrated by: Norman Dietz. 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.

This book restore the Baron de Steuben to his rightful place in American History 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.

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. torrey23, July 21, 2012. 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, January 17, 2009.

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.
  • Lockhart’s biography of Steuben is enjoyable reading that also will give the reader information not found in most histories of the Revolution. Almost everyone familiar with the Revolution knows that Steuben was largely responsible for organizing the highly demoralized troops at Valley Forge into a cohesive fighting army and giving the men a new sense of morale and purpose. What most people do not know is what came before and after. Lockhart fills in all the details in a highly readable book.

    The first part of the book deals with Steuben’s background in Europe and especially his experiences in the Prussian army – both the advantages and disadvantages of that. What almost no one knew at the time of his work in America was how much he had exaggerated his past. Steuben’s past was mixed. He worked hard and was honored by the army of Frederick the Great, made significant advances, and then was basically banished from the army for somewhat murky reasons that Lockhart discusses. He bounced around Germany and France for some time, sometimes succeeding, sometimes not. He was made a “Baron” (a rough translation of the German) by a small German state and was also given there the large military decoration he wore for official portraits. The one thing he never forgot was the training he received in the Prussian army which Lockhart claims with good justification was the best army in Europe. The armies of Frederick William and Frederick the Great were more than just well-oiled human machines. They displayed a relationship between officers and men that was unique and far more conducive to good discipline and respect than the armies of Britain which (contrary to the typical American historical view) Lockhart says were not in the same league. This information and the perspective Lockhart gives were totally new to me and provided critical background for the ups and downs of Steuben in America.

    Steuben was made Inspector General by Washington over several American competitors but after Valley Forge he floated between assignments. (Steuben claimed falsely that he was a Lieutenant General under Frederick the Great which raised a few concerns among the other European military leaders in America who had never heard of this great man.) Throughout the rest of his life in America a combination of his often difficult personality and ability to organize men created jealousies among his contemporaries. Lockhart spells these out. I learned a great deal about the skirmishes between the British and Americans that involved Steuben’s men up to Yorktown. In some of these Steuben played a key role in American success; in others it was his training that helped make a difference. He feuded with Jefferson during a frustrating stay in Virginia. As a military man he was mentally lost after the war ended. A man who was never good with money was always out of it and never used it well when he finally was granted some by Congress. Again, as in the first part of the book, the reader will pick up a lot of details almost never discussed in most histories.

    Sometimes Steuben deeply impressed me, especially in his relationship with his men and his organizing skills. Other times he infuriated me with his arrogance, his false claims about his past and his inability to work with people. Much of the latter was not his fault, since, after the war, the fact that he was “foreign” led to many problems. He both deserved more in terms of praise and money and at the same time often thought he deserved more than was ever realistic. This excellent biography fleshes out the life of this complex man who helped Washington in ways no one without Steuben’s Prussian training could ever have done. I highly recommend the book.

  • A fine book about the Prussian General who taught the raw American Continentals how to fight the well trained European armies. Americans did not lack the will, but they were stubbornly independent and had to schooled in military discipline, formations, drilling and use of weapons and tactics.

    Baron Von Steuben was the man that taught them the essentials during that terrible winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, and much more. He cared about his men, and though he was an officer, he knew the privations of the ordinary infantryman, and drilled them like an Marine D.I. or an Army Drill Sergeant. And the troops loved him for it! He learned one English curse word that served him well - "God-Damnit!" I have both the Audible and the print edition of this book, and the audio version is fascinating; I learned much more about the American Revolution from this book than I had in high school. It also taught me once again that we are a nation of immigrants, and we need every one to make this country work and grow.

  • Very informative and a delight to read. History really comes alive with a sense that you are there to watch. Only disappointment was to find the author concluded in the last pages that very few people visited the gravesite of the Baron. The author unfortunately did not mention where that site is located. He did make a vague remark about the resting site being near, Rome, NY. Researching the location myself I found it is located in Remsen, Oneida County, NY at the Steuben Memorial State Historic Site. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the author's personal approach into the man who was instrumental in not only the outcome of the American Revolution but who also left his mark on the foundations of many other aspects within the military. A wonderful addition to any library and a must read for history enthusiasts.