I guess I had previously heard that the revolutionary war was almost lost in the beginning, but after this book I can really appreciate just how close we came to losing and how lopsided the two warring armies were.
Great detail on what was happening. It was great to hear the colonial and British perspectives side by side.
Should be required reading in High School for US History.
Absolutely. McCullough does an amazing job of making the uncertainty and effort of 1776 immediate and vibrant.
When I found myself thinking I would capitulate and take the oath as offered by the King rather than risk family and property in this obviously absurd venture. And I knew the ending as I was thinking this!
The year is the character. The performance is not dramatic, it is factual, and it is still edge of your seat. I'm a 7th generation New Englander, Maine and VT. I live on a farm that was purchased from no less a personage than Ira Allen. We fought (ok, we drank ourselves insensible most likely) at Ticonderoga.
And still I was at the edge of my seat and had to make an effort to remember I was driving a car.
No. You do, after all, know the ending.
Amazing piece of work. Absolutely stunning achievement.
Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.
I really enjoyed this book of early American history. It covers the siege of Boston and battles in New York and New Jersey in great detail with a lot of good character insights and historical information about the American, British, and Hessian Generals and soldiers. I am just starting to develop an interest in history and this was a good book from my perspective with good balance between analysis and raw information. I'm sure I'll listen and/or read more books by David McCullough though this was my first. I don't think he is the best narrator though as his voice can be somewhat dull, monotone, and nasal at times. That didn't ruin it for me though, and I'm sure I will listen to it and enjoy it again at some point in the future.
awesome do more
no it made me thing about being a AMERICAN and thanking GOD for it
this book should be read by ALL HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES so they can love AMERICAN
I think if there was a professional reader, I would have enjoyed it. The author read it, which I can understand that desire. However, sometimes it is better to let the professionals do what professionals do. Yea, reading isn't tough, but reading for entertainment is NOT in this guy's swim lane. I did not finish the book, just couldn't do it. If it was released with a different voice, and about 10% of the useless detail removed, I'll buy it again.
One one the best books on American history I have read so far....
Very clearly explained American history even for European listener. Thx
This book was a great look at not only Washington, but the other military officers who played a part in the development of the nation. The book focuses on the war - the declaration of independence and the congressional meetings are mere afterthoughts. The tales of troop movements and of getting and transporting supplies are remarkable when compared to our modern military abilities.
No I have not but would in a heart beat if he were to read more.
This is a great listen, my only regret is that David McCullough isn't avalible on more of his works, like John Adams.
If you are a history buff then this one is highly recommended by me. It isn't just a dry work of dates and names. There is some real human emotion related in this work much like "The Killer Angles" did for the Civil War.
It was interesting at first, but slowly took on too much weight in small, seemingly insignificant details. I enjoyed reading about our separation from England and learned quite a bit along the way, but as the book moved along, it became thick with small details and less a story of the people who fought for our release from tyrany. I wanted to know more what George Washington's soldiers might have been feeling that statistics about uniforms and how long it took to dig lavoratory holes. I just felt myself getting bored in the end.
Probably, but only friends truly interested in early American History and not for entertainment.
I would like to sit down and have a real conversation with him. He is very knowledgable. obviously. At times he added some life to his own narrative. It became like listening to your grandpa tell about "old times": endearing, but way too much information.
Most of the listening time was okay, though I admit to fast forwarding a few times.
George Washington REALLY was the man. :)
Say something about yourself!
This is an excellent audiobook. The use of archival letters spaced throughout provide authenticity and great detail. The listener gets to know the personality and thoughts of principal players. There is some unnecessary repetition of famous quotes, though, and the pacing can be slow. I loved this audiobook, but would have liked to hear more about other, related aspects in America during this time such as civilian life and the economy.