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To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for… (edición 2010)

por Newt Gingrich (Autor)

Series: Revolutionary War (1)

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After two bestselling historical series re-envisioning the Civil War and World War II, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War and the birth of the United States of America. 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.… (más)
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Título:To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom (George Washington Series, 1)
Autores:Newt Gingrich (Autor)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2010), Edition: First, 368 pages
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I would have rated this book a bit higher than 3.5 had there been fewer spelling and punctuation errors. I also felt like the battle scene could have used some maps to help better understand troop placements and routes both the Americans and Hessians took while fighting in Trenton.

Having said that, the authors do a really good job hammering home the grit of those malnourished, ill clothed, exhausted men who, on Christmas day, 1776, embarked upon a near impossible march to attach the Hessians at Trenton. The authors do a good job, too, of setting the stage in the introduction. If nothing else, that should stir the hearts of all Americans as to what these men did that day and why.

I've not read many historical novels so take these observations with a grain of salt. Unlike most novels, we really aren't presented one or more characters who change in some way over time. We get to meet all the main players (Washington, Knox, Green, Hamilton, etc.) along with Thomas Paine, whose words are the source of the book's title. We also travel with Jonathan Van Dorn, who I suppose is a fictional character, so we can truly get in the mind of the young soldiers who are fighting for a cause. Van Dorn's source of drive is Paine's latest work, "American Crisis."

I would certainly not discourage someone from reading this book. Just overlook some of the editing errors and do your best to visualize the main battle. As to the heart of the book, it is very good. ( )
  Jarratt | Jan 17, 2021 |
DNF

Read the first chapter or so, and there was already more language than I am comfortable with, and being in George Washington's pov was really throwing me. ;) I *might* come back and give this a try someday, but I am just not feeling it right now.
  SarahGraceGrzy | Oct 2, 2018 |
I did not high expectations for this book when I began it, but it turned out much better than I expected. The story of the crossing of the Delaware was told through three viewpoints: George Washington, an army private, and Thomas Paine (author of Common Sense). The shifting viewpoints were interesting, but I really liked getting Paine's point of view. He's not a character who has been explored in depth in my prior readings. I like how the value of his writings were shown through other characters as important to the American Revolution. I also liked how Gingrich and Forstchen developed his character as a whole. A very pleasant surprise read. ( )
  jguidry | Jul 28, 2016 |
I was very aware of the gravity of the subject of this book as I dove into it, but that did not damper my amazement and astonishment of just what these brave men did on that Christmas night back in 1776 to literally save this burgeoning and embryonic nation from being a permanent English colony. I have no doubts to the legitimacy of the events in this book, but what made this tale hit so deep is the wonderful characterizations that Gingrich/Forstchen gave historic people like Washington, Knox, Paine, Adams and various soldiers within the context of this event. If anything, I had trouble with the first half of the book or so because it was sooooo depressing, manifesting itself through the moods and actions of George Washington himself. I think that is the real brilliance of this book as the reader is transported from that to the successful actions of the patriot army as they stormed Trenton and literally caught the Hessians asleep in their homes and bunkers, Washington's pride beaming through all the way. The authors also very smartly portray the conflict Washington felt along the way. Paine's contributions to the morale through his publication of The American Crisis is neatly inserted here as well, Gingrich/Forstchen presenting him as a very, very tortured soul.

In short, entertaining, inspiring, and just amazing to think of what the founders of this nation had to do just so today we can call ourselves Americans and not bow to a king (well, for a while longer, anyway). I wish more middle/high school kids would read books like this to get an understanding of what it took to create the greatest political experiment in human history and just what is currently at stake. ( )
  utbw42 | Apr 8, 2016 |
What an intense book. If I did not know already how it played out, I would have probabaly had to put it down. It gives being an American a new appreciation. I think this book can give us all a great sense of how amazing it is to be American. ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
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After two bestselling historical series re-envisioning the Civil War and World War II, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War and the birth of the United States of America. 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.

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