TO TRY MEN’S SOULS – Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen (2009)

0312592876_l“Victory or Death …” General George Washington made these words famous in the famous campaign to overtake Trenton on December 26, 1776.  Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen combine forces in their historical thriller, To Try Men’s Souls.

Washington combines a mixture of stealth, wisdom, and careful military strategy as they overran British forces at Trenton.  Gingrich and Forstchen make the story come alive with vivid detail and rich storytelling.  To Try Men’s Souls is a fresh reminder that freedom is not free.  It tells the tale of a tattered army on the verge of extinction.  It virtually shouts at present day Americans; especially Americans who are ignorant of our nations history.  But most of all, this is a story about leadership.  The courage and bravery of General Washington is unsurpassed.  His bold leadership in the face of adversity will inspire the downtrodden and lift the spirits of the discouraged.

Indeed, it is a tragedy that so few Americans can stand alongside men like George Washington.  Perhaps a man like Washington is exactly what this nation needs, which totters on the edge of the precipice.

4 stars

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