Books by William R. Forstchen

DR. WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN is the author of over thirty works of historical fiction and historical research. He holds a Ph.D. with a specialization in military history from Purdue University.


PILLAR TO THE SKY by William R. Forstchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Unlike some of the futuristic novels to which it will be compared, Forstchen's work is as convincingly told as it is diverting."
Unhappy with America's moribund space program at a time when the world is desperate for new energy sources and technology, visionary rocket scientist Gunther Rothenberg devises a controversial supertower that stretches up some 23,000 miles. Read full book review >
VICTORY AT YORKTOWN by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"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."
Gingrich and Forstchen (Valley Forge, 2010, etc.) continue their series on the American Revolution by following Washington and the Continental Army to Yorktown. Read full book review >
BATTLE OF THE CRATER by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Well-researched and entertaining."
Putative presidential hopeful, political lightning rod and prolific author Gingrich (Gettysburg, 2003, etc.) novelizes a little-known Civil War battle. Read full book review >
VALLEY FORGE by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"An informative if starchy novel about a crucial turning point in American history."
A you-are-there account of George Washington's—and Baron von Steuben's—stalwart efforts to whip the beaten-down Continental Army into the crack fighting force that defeated the British. Read full book review >
TO TRY MEN’S SOULS by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The prose is rich in platitudes, especially when the underimagined characters are making speeches to each other. It takes more than vividly rendered battle scenes to make compelling historical fiction."
Historically minded Gingrich and Forstchen (Days of Infamy, 2008, etc.) fix their eyes on the Revolutionary War and the pivotal victory that saved America. Read full book review >
PEARL HARBOR by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2007

"One-dimensional characters engage in long, sometimes eye-glazing conversations, but the "what if" is plausible."
If there had been a third strike at Pearl Harbor, would the U.S. have been out? Read full book review >
NEVER CALL RETREAT by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2005

"Reasonably well-written and plausible, with excellent period photographs as a bonus. Still, there's so much good Civil War history to read that this what-if exercise seems more than a touch unnecessary."
What if the Civil War had ended in the summer of 1863? Read full book review >
GRANT COMES EAST by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Those iconic figures manage more human-speak than they did in Gettysburg (2003), and the battle scenes continue war-lovingly rendered. Civil War buffs will be entertained."
The Gingrich and Forstchen (military historian) "what-if" take on the Civil War gathers some steam. Read full book review >
GETTYSBURG by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Authoritative military history, well-rendered battle scenes. Inevitably, though, it suffers by comparison to Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Shaara breathed life into that iconic Gettysburg cast; Gingrich-Forstchen can't quite manage it."
The former Speaker of the House and a military historian take a what-if look at the historic battle. Read full book review >