Revolutionary War

3 books in series
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To Try Men's Souls 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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  • Book 1

    • To Try Men's Souls

    • A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom
    • By: Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated by: William Dufris, Callista Gingrich, Eric Conger
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    Regular price: £27.19

  • Book 2

    • Valley Forge

    • A Novel
    • By: Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated by: William Dufris, Callista Gingrich
    • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In To Try Men's Souls, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen cast a new light on the year 1776 . Valley Forge picks up the narrative a year after Washington’s triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and much has changed since then. It’s the winter of 1777, and Washington’s battered, demoralized army retreats from Philadelphia.

    Regular price: £33.89

  • Book 3

    • Victory at Yorktown

    • A Novel
    • By: Newt Gingrich, William R. Fortschen
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    New York Times best-selling authors Newt Gingrich's and William R. Forstchen's George Washington series continues - in a novel about faith, leadership, and the triumph of the American cause. It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. But at last, two crucial reports reach Washington....

    Regular price: £32.89