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To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (George Washington Series) Paperback – September 28, 2010
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“Surely to become another popular book for Gingrich and Forstchen.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This is the essence of the iconic battlefield tale superbly and vividly told in Gingrich and Forstchen's latest historical novel.... This is one of the best historical novels you will ever read!” ―BookLoons.com
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
The biggest debacle was the Continental Army's retreat at Fort Lee in the N.J.Palisades where they fled without firing a shot and left valuable supplies behind. The missing supplies would become very important, since they included blankets and boots so desperately needed in winter warfare. Maybe the Continental Army thought the war would be over during the summer, since enlistments were for only six months! Can you imagine the troops of today just walking away and going home after such a short enlistment? That was happening, along with countless desertions, when facing the professional British troops and the Hessian mercenaries.
Gen. George Washington, Col. Henry Knox (Chief of Artillery) and Thomas Paine proved to be the real heroes in this conflict. Without their military knowledge and Thomas Paine's pamphlet "The American Crisis" to spur on the troops morale, all would have been lost. The actual recrossing of the Delaware River from McKonkey's Ferry in Pennsylvania to Trenton is a matter of history. Some little known facts are that it happened during a nor'easter, the troops were mostly barefooted and had to march nine miles through rain, mud, sleet and snow. After the Continental Army defeated the Hessians, they had to march those same nine miles back to Pennsylvania, before British reinforcements arrived. This battle on Christmas of 1776 was the first victory of consequence for the Americans and set the tone for the rest of the war.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book, but the one thing I didn't care for was how the book jumped back and forth in time. It made it a little harder to follow the story line. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Daniel Pike
I have read two other books by Mr Gingrich, both were very good, the civil war and the other was about W.W. II.Published 21 days ago by Gary Rogers
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I was looking for Historical Fiction and this really hit the spot. I Strongly recommendPublished 1 month ago by nick d
I feel every American should read this book with everything this country is going through. These were true Patriots!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love early History...Hard to find good books...fast deliveryPublished 1 month ago by Robert Lee Tremper
For those who are looking to relate to people of the past, this is an excellent book. The characters come to life. You feel for them and with them as the story unfolds. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suz
While anyone understanding the American Revolution who had read other books, knew the Patriots would win! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jimmie L. Bodenhamer