To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Oct 20, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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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User Review  - Dmtcer - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Pete Iseppi - Goodreads

I was surprised to hear that Newt Gingrich wrote pretty good historical fiction. After reading this novel, I'm inclined to agree. It would be interesting to know how much of the writing Newt did, and ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
15
CHAPTER THREE
29
CHAPTER FOUR
43
CHAPTER FIVE
91
CHAPTER SIX
113
CHAPTER SEVEN
133
CHAPTER EIGHT
149
CHAPTER TEN
193
CHAPTER ELEVEN
217
CHAPTER TWELVE
239
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
263
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
285
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
309
EPILOGUE
331
THE AMERICAN CRISIS
337

CHAPTER NINE
165

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About the author (2009)

NEWT GINGRICH, front-running Republican primary candidate for the 2012 Presidential Election, former Speaker of the House, bestselling author of Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor, the longest serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting Course for Major Generals at Air University, and an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, with whom he hosts and produces documentaries, including their latest, “A City Upon A Hill”.

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