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To Try Men's Souls

A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom

George Washington Series (Volume 1)

Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

Thomas Dunne Books

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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CHAPTER ONE

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Christmas Night

McConkey’s Ferry, Pennsylvania

Nine Miles North of Trenton, New Jersey

December 25, 1776

4:30 P.M.

 

Cold.

It is so cold, so damnably cold, he thought, pulling his hat lower in an attempt to shield his face from the wind and the driving rain. His woolen cape was soaked through, water coursing down his neck, his uniform already clammy. Though his knee- high boots were of the fi nest calfskin, they were soaked as well and his pants sopping wet halfway up the thigh as a result of his having slipped

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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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

  • 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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    To Try Men's Souls

    A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom

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    Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

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