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The Man Who Could Be King

Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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When young Josiah Penn Stockbridge accepts the position as aide-de-camp to George Washington at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, he thinks only of the glory and romance of battle. He is unprepared for the reality of America's bloody fight for independence. The Continental Army is starving, underpaid, and dangerously close to mutiny, and Washington fights not just to defeat the British but to maintain order and morale among his own men.

As anonymous letters by officers calling for revolt circulate through camp in Newburgh, New York, Washington must make a choice: preserve the young republic by keeping civilian control of the military, or reshape the new government by standing in solidarity with his troops and assuming greater power for himself.

During one fateful week in American history, Josiah will watch a conflicted general become a legend and will discover for himself that the greatest struggles of war are those within the hearts and minds of fallible men.

©2017 John Ripin Miller (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Story over chapter 12

The story was based on a very narrow piece of history. The book is good for history buffs. The last 13 chapters were basically the "credits". The book was a bit of a dissapointment but the narration good.

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WOW!!! Well read and well researched!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have a greater respect for George Washington for his humanity and his role in the American Revolution! May we continue to be vigilante to not only praise one for what they have done but also what they haven’t to live a life with honor and integrity!

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  • DALLAS, OR, United States
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what a man of great conviction

best explanation of how GW'S character shaped his decisions in all things, from leading the war, or his home, or our country.

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a Novelization of the Newburgh Conspiracy

I'm ashamed to admit I'm one of many Americans who have the felonious understand I bff that the end of the shooting war off the American Revolution occurred at Yorktown. Then came the Treaty of Paris with the Constitutional Conventions in the  interim.  I first learned of the Newburgh Conspiracy in 2008 during a college course on the  military history of the U.S. this novel gives not only a fictional-narrative account of the brooding mutiny of Washington's Army, but also a summation of this was Washi gtobs military career since Braddock's crushing defeat in  the French and Indian War up to the encampment at Newburgh,  NY.  Others have commented this reads like a history book than a novel.  I agree and that's a good Thing, and considering at yhe time this reviw is published this book only recently was published.  Other historical novels in yhe past have not had yhe same read as This, more novelization entertainment.  This is not an inyrinsically bad thing to have.  I advise all budding novelists  and historians to read this novel as an example of the ideal blend of styles. 

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Very well done.

Very few books do I immediately listen to for a second time. ...this is one of those books

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Wonderful!!!

This audio book made me want to learn more about Washington, Lafayette and the other men of that day.

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It comes down to one speech to his officers

This book is written from the point of view of one of General Washington's Aids to was with him through out the War of Independence. Near the end after the Battle of Yorktown his Army had a number of valid issues with Congress, General Washington stepped in and re-directed them to the good of the country. It was at this meeting with his officers he could have taken the crown and this army would have followed.

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Interesting angle on Washington

Enjoyable perspective from a fictional administrative aid's point of view backed by well researched data. I enjoyed the epilogue as much as the story.

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Excellent Reading. Excellent story.

Loved it. Excellent story.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
We don't need another
KING like
Washington.

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