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To Try Men's Souls Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

After two successful series examining the Civil War and World War II, 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 crossing 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 during the night.

While Washington prepares his weary troops for a sneak attack on Trenton, Thomas Paine is in Philadelphia, overseeing the printing of his newest pamphlet, The Crisis.

And Jonathan Van Dorn, the youngest son of a merchant from Trenton, is about to bring the war to his own doorstep. In the heat of battle, Jonathan 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 illuminate the darkest days of the Revolution, from the retreat through New York to the fall of Fort Lee and the thrilling Battle of Trenton. With detailed research and an incredible depth of military insight, this novel provides a rare and personal perspective on the men who fought for and founded the United States of America.

©2009 Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Ddh 06-18-10
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    "Captivating telling of history."

    This is a a very captivating and moving story and left me wanting more. I have never studied the American battle for independence before, but this book really made me want to.

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    Guy 04-19-10
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    "Breathing history to life"

    Extraordinary recap of a misunderstood and underappreciated snippet of time. Yes, the story plodded along in detail, but that helps listeners understand how bad these men suffered (for our future) in breadth and depth. Overall a surprisingly fantastic read for me in reflecting upon what it really took to create our nation against the odds. The narrator worked hard at distinguising many characters, and should have tried the limited female character instead of the poorly done woman who was distractingly used.

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    "Insightful "

    The story line really makes you feel like what it might have been like to be living in that time. It made me realize that I would have fought for that Constitution and for those liberties. I am even prouder now than ever before to say "I AM an American." Really suggest you read it.

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    Bruce F Tallahassee Fl 11-18-16
    Bruce F Tallahassee Fl 11-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    what hardship these brave men and women endured to make America what they wanted it to be. Land of the free and home of the brave

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    Lisa United States 03-28-12
    Lisa United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2017
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    What did you like best about To Try Men's Souls? What did you like least?

    If I am to be totally honest, this is a book that I have put off reading, no matter how badly I wanted to read it because of the politics of one of the authors. And it is not my intention to open a political debate in this forum — but this book is a great representation of not so much judging a book by its cover, but rather judging a book by its author. So going in I was prepared to dislike this book from the beginning. However, I came away greatly surprised. Choosing the appropriate story, of course, is half the battle in any book. And in this one, the authors met with success. There are few books that are in story format that tell about the American Revolution — and yet it is a time that simply invites stories because of how amazing the entire war really was! But after choosing the appropriate story, it comes down to how gifted is the author in the story telling. And, without identifying where all the gifts may lie — this book is well worth the read.


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    Jeremy Benbrook, TX, United States 10-15-11
    Jeremy Benbrook, TX, United States 10-15-11
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    "Great Story"

    Newt really knows how to do the research and as a result his novels are great treats. Very educational as well.

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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 02-25-11
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 02-25-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Historical Fiction"

    I like the way all the stoies came together and it gave a great feel for how it must have been.

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    LanceBaldwin 02-23-11
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    "Good history novel, horrible narration"

    I have enjoyed all of Gingrich's and Forstchen's history novels very much but Gingrich's daughter is a horrible reader and can only barely be tolerated. Durfris is not very good but becomes more acceptable as you progress through the novels. Callista is horrible and never changes regardless of which character she reads.

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    Trevar Roanoke, VA, USA 07-17-10
    Trevar Roanoke, VA, USA 07-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book, not so good narration"

    The book was very good, but the narration left something to be desired. I quit after only about 15 minutes the first try, but decided to give it a second try and I am glad I did. The narrator sounded condescending to the characters, and the female voice just did not fit at all. Fortunately the book is very good and makes up for the narration.

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    Charles Manteno, IL, United States 04-21-10
    Charles Manteno, IL, United States 04-21-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Fair"

    After enjoying the civil war and WWII series I was anxious to listen to this one. While the detail is great, the flash back device is over used and becomes distracting. The female character voice, done by Ms. Gingrich makes a good attempt, but is outshined by the male reader.

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