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July Book Club Meeting, Alternative Meeting

  • Jul 19, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Our July book is To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom by Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen, and Albert S. Hanser.


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 of America.

About the Authors

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”.

WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, Ph.D., is a Faculty Fellow at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of more than forty books. He is the New York Times best selling author of One Second After, published by Tor/Forge of St. Martin's Press. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his daughter, Meghan.

Book Availability at the Howard Count Public Library

To Try Men's Souls is available for checkout at the Howard County Public Library. The Howard County Public Library has:

(7) Copies of the book.

(2) Copies of the book in large print.

(2) Copies as a book-on-CD.

Howard County Library Central Branch

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044


Branch Hours

Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm

Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm

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  • Penny D.

    Wayne, Please tell me the name of our next book for August. I enjoyed our discssion on Saturday. Lots to think about and ponder. Wayne, I'll bring some snacks next time. Thanks, Penny

    July 21, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      Hi Penny. Our August book is This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Both August's Thursday and Saturday meetings have been added to our book club calendar. I'm looking forward to seeing you in August.

      July 24, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    I really enjoyed our discussion. Thanks to everyone for participating.

    July 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed my time.

    July 19, 2014

  • Penny D.

    May I bring snacks for everyone? What is the protocol?

    July 18, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      Hi Penny, snacks would certainly be welcomed. I've just started hosting our Saturday morning book discussions at my home so I'm still figuring out how to do this. For the past year or 2, we've been meeting at the Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe which has been nice but I thought that it would be nicer at a home. Last month was our first meeting at a home and I served coffee, tea, and bagels. If you want to bring a snack tomorrow, that would be awesome.

      July 18, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    Hi everyone. I hope that your reading is going well. I look forward to discussing "To Try Men's Souls" with you on Saturday morning.

    July 15, 2014

  • Marianne

    Have to take my sister to the airport. Enjoyed the book, read it over 4th of July which seemed appropriate.

    July 7, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      Hi Marianne, I'm glad that you enjoyed our book. Have fun taking your sister to the airport and we'll see you next time.

      July 7, 2014

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