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The Times That Try Mens Souls

2 CD disc set (audio) packaged in a beautifully designed DVD case with 8 page pull out insert booklet including track list, making of essay by Mike Church, Times That Try Men’s Souls compleat Timeline and 18th/19th century artwork of the real-life cast.

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2 disc set (audio) packaged in a Black Amaray case with 8 page pull out insert booklet including track list, making of essay by Mike Church, Times That Try Men’s Souls compleat Timeline and 18th/19th century artwork of the real-life cast.

Times That Try Mens Souls

The writer/director and star of “The Spirit of ’76 and What Lincoln Killed is back with his latest feature about the Founding Fathers “Times That try Mens Souls” a thrilling new docudrama about the real events of 1776 and George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware river on Christmas Day. Co-starring Mike’s daughter Maddie Church Times That Try Mens Souls features the voice talent of George McNerlin who returns as George Washington. McNerlin has been Church’s choice for Washington since The Spirit of ’76.

What are folks saying about Times That Try? This may very well be Mike Church’s very best effort to date. He tells the story of events leading up to Gen. George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Eve, 1776 with such passion and fervor you’ll feel like you are on the battlefield in Washington’s Army. And of course, like any Mike Church docudrama, his information comes from actual source documents and exhaustive research so you get the REAL story of what happened, not some sugar coated fairy tale version. If you are a true fan of the history of THESE UNITED STATES, you must have this docudrama as well as Mike’s other audio docudramas and films. As good as his previous work has been (and it’s been outstanding), Mr. Church appears to have outdone himself with his latest effort. Courage, heroism, betrayal, and divine providence, it’s all in “The Times That Try Men’s Souls.” – David Gephart

The Story begins

Originally conceived as 30 minute special for the Mike Church Show on Christmas Eve, 2103, the story just kept growing as Mike wrote and once begun, he could not stop without spinning the entire, amazing story few Americans know.

Now, for the first time in recorded media, the entire story of George Washington’s engagement of the British Army at Long Island and the series of miraculous retreats that battle spawned are told. Narrated by Mike Church, Times That Try Men’s Souls is an audio-epic you and your family do not want to miss.

Ben Franklin tells General Howe the States are Independent & only They can rescind or surrender (destroys the Lincoln myth of 1 indivisible blob of America created by Declaration)

Washington resolves to strike back at the Empire

Thomas Paine recounts Washington’s miraculous retreat across NJ

The Crossing’s courageous plan is launched on Christmas Day, 1776

The story opens with the history of Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting of “Washington’s Crossing” and the miraculous retreat Washington had to execute from Long Island, across Manhattan, and nearly half the length of New Jersey. Along the way, Washington loses almost 2/3 of his army to KIA’s, desertion, capture and failure to re-enlist. It is only by “Providence” that he crosses the 6th river in his retreat just as Lord Cornwallis is about to capture him. The story of the events that inspired “The Crossing” are exciting and new to most listeners, plus Church reveals the identity of the famous “widow that saved the Revolution” the Widow of Mount Holly. The Widow detained the Hessian, Count Donop and prevented him from being in his proper position on Christmas Day, a feat that spared Washington from certain defeat at Trenton.

Times That Try Men’s Souls-Washington’s Crossing

Track Listing

Disc I

  1. Prologue
  2. Meet The Players
  3. Retreat From Long Island
  4. Retreat and Crossing Recap I
  5. Retreat and Crossing Recap II
  6. We Won’t Renounce Independence
  7. Dilemma At Fort Washington
  8. Retreat and Crossing Recap III
  9. Retreat and Crossing Recap IV
  10. Retreat From Manhattan Island
  11. View To The Hessian Massacre
  12. Who Needs A House Out In Hackensack?
  13. Monroe Counts The Patriots Left
  14. Washington Learns Of Lee’s Plot
  15. Retreat Into Pennsylvania
  16. Retreat and Crossing Recap V

Disc II

  1. Retreat and Crossing Recap VI
  2. Pride Comes Before Lee’s Fall
  3. Saving The Continental Army
  4. The Plan
  5. Retreat and Crossing Recap VII
  6. Retreat and Crossing Recap VIII
  7. Three Crossings But Just One March
  8. The Widow Of Mount Holly
  9. This Is A Glorious Day For Our Country
  10. Washington Informs Congress
  11. Epilogue
  12. Credit Scroll

Editorial Reviews

Mike Church brings his singular passion for American history and his signature humor to The Times That Try Men’s Souls, the newest docudrama from American’s most thoughtful political talk show host. Times tells the dramatic story of George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware and attack on Trenton and features the excellent voice-acting of, among others, George McNerlin (as Washington), Mike himself as the narrator, and Mike’s daughter Madison as the inquisitive student. Filled with realistic sound effects and specially-composed music, The Times That Try Men’s Souls is history told the old-fashioned way: as a story highlighting the difference that individual men—and women—made in the course of human events. The accuracy of the content is impeccable, with Mike drawing on the latest and best historical research, most interestingly in a consideration of the unidentified widow who played a crucial role in distracting the Hessians at Trenton. Times even features a discussion with artist Mort Kunstler, who recently created a stunning painting of Washington’s crossing that is more historically accurate than the famous one by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Perfect as an educational tool for students, The Times That Try Men’s Souls is, better yet, masterful storytelling that will enthrall children and adults of all ages.

–Stephen M. Klugewicz, Ph.D., is president of Franklin’s Opus, a non-profit organization that seeks to instill in Americans a love for their country, its history, and its Founding principles by fostering the study of history and government among teachers, students, and the public

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Weight 1.00 lbs