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To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (George Washington 1) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 20, 2009
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Focused specifically, and with extraordinary detail, on the late December 1776 crossing of the Delaware and the battle of Trenton, New Jersey, the novel unequally divides the action and perspective between General Washington, Tom Paine, and a sickly private from New Jersey. The story is Wasington's, as it really should be, and he dominates the narrative. The private appears occasionally to provide the every-man, dedicated patriot perspective and also to offer insight into the brother-against-brother conflict that arose during the Revolutionary War. Paine's words, specifically "The American Crisis I," form the emotional core and bridge all three narratives together. Paine himself appears in a handful of brief episodic flashbacks; his writing is the real star, not the man.
I was moved by the story, enchanted by the attention to detail, and pleased by all of the little flourishes right down to the novel's typeface reflecting the colonial time period. This is truly a book for all Americans regardless of your political affiliations. I encourage everyone to look beyond the politics of the authors, if that is even an issue for you, and enjoy this well-written tribute to this country's patriot heroes. Highly recommended.
The book also follows Thomas Paine as he writes The American Crisis. Indeed, the whole book seems designed to allow the reader to understand The American Crisis with all the context and emotional investment of one living during those times. As I read the copy included at the end, I could easily feel how it would have inspired those fighting for our independence.
We live in a time when patriotism is unpopular. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to reconnect with the patriotism of our founders.
What drove these brave men on this cold, miserable night in December 1776? One word - FREEDOM. The barely glowing ember of freedom was on the verge of going out as Congress had all but abandoned Philadelphia. But on that night, and with their backs against the wall, with a watchword of "Victory or Death", freedom burned fiercely in the hearts of those brave men marching on Trenton.Read more ›
Now Gingrich (and William R. Fortschen, who also co-wrote Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy and 1945) has approached the Revolutionary War, its early days shortly after George Washington's retreat from New York City: the Battle of Trenton, Christmas, 1776, a fight against Hessians--German soldiers that had defeated Washington's Army at Brooklyn a few months earlier, bayoneting wounded and surrendering Marylanders even as they cried for mercy, having sacrificed themselves as a rearguard so that the Army could escape.
True to the sturcture of his other novels, To Try Men's Souls tells the story from the highest levels--General Washington--to most most humble as Thomas Paine, known throughout the Army and the country for his writing, finds insipiration from two fellow foot soldiers, brothers, one who has had enough and goes home and the younger who stays in the face of a brutal witner. Thus inspired, Paine inspired the country and, more importantly, Washington's utterly defeated and humiliated army.Read more ›
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I could not wait to pick this book up when I had to put it down. All Americans should read this book, and Valley Forge. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A74Patriot
Excellent tale of historical fiction.
This is an enjoyable account of one of the most important battles of the revolutionary war.
Excellent read. It puts the miracle of the founding of our country in perspective. Thank God for those men who made us free.Published 4 months ago by jim fitzpatrick
Published in in 2009 by MacMillan Audio
Read by William Dufris, Callista Gingrich and Eric Conger
Duration: 12 hours, 23 minutes
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The depictions of suffereing and selflessness were very moving.Published 6 months ago by MJPietrzak
something all Americans should read to remind them of the struggles our forefathers went through to secure our independence. It was not a foregone conclusion.Published 6 months ago by JD Guido