To Try Men's Souls by Newt Gingrich
A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (George Washington 1)

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After two bestselling series examining the Civil War and WWII, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army.
The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington cross - ing the Delaware. Unlike the bold, courageous General in Emanuel Leutze's painting, Washington is full of doubt on the night of December 25, 1776. After five months of defeat, morale is dangerously low. Each morning muster shows that hundreds have deserted in the night.
While Washington prepares his weary troops for the attack on Trenton, Thomas Paine is in Philadelphia, overseeing the printing of his newest pamphlet, The Crisis.
And Jonathan Van Dorn is about to bring the war to his own doorstep. In the heat of battle, he must decide between staying loyal to the cause and sparing his brother who has joined up with the British. Through the thoughts and private fears of these three men, Gingrich and Forstchen illu minate the darkest days of the Revolution. With detailed research and an incredible depth of military insight, this novel provides a rare and personal perspective of the men who fought for, and founded the United States of America.

 

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Newt Gingrich is best-known as the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in forty years. As an author, Newt has published nine books including the best seller Contract with America. In his post-Speaker role, Newt has become a highly sought-after public speaker, addressing some of the most prestigious organizations in the world.
 
Published October 20, 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books. 345 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Writer’s block vanished, Tom gets his theme, Washington gets his victory and the overconfident Hessians get their comeuppance.

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However, I did want a book from before World War I that would feel and smell like the books of Churchill’s youth.

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To Try Men’s Souls is a superb piece of historical fiction that should rank alongside Killer Angels in the canon of historical fiction.ProsThe story is told so vividly that the reader feels he has been transported to the 18th century.ConsThe book ends without feeling finished.Description'To Try M...

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