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 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 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 illuminate 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
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