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To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for…

by Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen

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What an intense book. If I did not know already how it played out, I would have probabaly had to put it down. It gives being an American a new appreciation. I think this book can give us all a great sense of how amazing it is to be American. ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
What an intense book. If I did not know already how it played out, I would have probabaly had to put it down. It gives being an American a new appreciation. I think this book can give us all a great sense of how amazing it is to be American. ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
Not my favorite book but definitely worth a read, especially if you are a history buff. ( )
  fmweiler | Nov 13, 2011 |
I have previously read Gingrich's book, Pearl Harbor and was very disappointed. Pearl Harbor was poorly conceived with stereotype storyline and flat uninteresting characters. Fortunately, To Try Men's Souls is a better book. Perhaps Newt and his partner were running stale with WW II theme and recharged with the revolutionary war. The book focuses on the attack by Washington's troops on the Hessian encampment in Trenton, NJ. Obviously, much of the book deals with the infamous crossing of the Delaware river.
It is clear again with this book that character development is not a Gingrich strong point. However, at least the storyline is pretty well developed and reasonably interesting. You will get tired reading about how many times the troops and horses slipped on the icy ground and how biting the nor'easter wind and sleet was. Not withstanding, the book is not high literature but an ok read. ( )
  libri_amor | Aug 8, 2011 |
Should be required reading for American history classes. Gets a bit bogged down with repeated description of the suffering of the soldiers, but still, very engaging. Presents the importance of Thomas Paine writings to the cause of freedom. ( )
  MarthaL | Feb 15, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312591063, Hardcover)

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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A novel of the darkest days of the American Revolution follows George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army, during the days surrounding Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on December 25, 1776.

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