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I loved this audiobook - learned so much, and it was presented very well so that the information was not dry.
Everyone thinks they know the story of our revolution from school history classes, but it is really stirring to hear it presented in this book. Kudos for writing this book and presenting it in such an engrossing fashion.
This book left me wishing for "1777". It is a great novel by a great writer that captivates the imagination of the history buff in me. Lots of behind the scenes detail that the average person does not consider when remembering the founding of the U.S.A.
Having never read (yet) Mr. McCullough's John Adams, this look at our fight for freedom forces the listener to question why some of the things happened as they did. Mr. McCullough use of the little known officers and soldiers allows us to fill in what has been missing since we learned about the revolution in school. Great listen, will definitely add the John Adams book to my library in the future.
There is a reasaon that the author is considered a living legend by many. If you are interested in Revolutionary war history this is a must. The authour's cadance and delivery match perfectly for the subject matter and make listening fly by. The only reason I gave this 4 stares as opposed to five is that I wanted more information about the individuals, battles, and circumstances that he describes. On all other accounts this is a masterpiece.
I read Washington's Crossing before reading 1776. 1776 reads like an Abridged version of Washington's Crossing. A solid read about a critical period of this country's history. For those looking for a general overview of the time period this book is perfect. For those looking for a detailed account of the period I would suggest Washington's Crossing as well. There were some interesting details that 1776 included that I didn't get in Washington's Crossing. Perhaps the most interesting was Washington's meeting with the British 2nd in command shortly before the start of the New York campaign. I surely wish I could have been present at that meeting. Hearing the account in the book, you feel like the air could have been cut with a knife.
Ancient Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor
The events of 1775 - 1776 unfold in a narrative that keeps you riveted. It's incredible to realize that the fate of the nation rested on so few shoulders and that the hold on liberty was so tenuous through those trying times.
After listening to John Adams and now Truman, this left me wanting a focal character and I couldn't embrace Washington as the main character, maybe that's what I was missing. Good tale and once again I came away enlightened with the history of this great country.
I absolutely could not stop listening to this book (wrapped it up in 5 days). I learned a ton about George Washington and, more importantly, the other players of 1776. Really good stuff.
I am definitely a "sneezer" when it comes to 1776. I can not quit talking about this book and about what this history means to me. If you wnat a lesson on perseverance, this is the right book!David McCullough brings the Revolutionary War right in your living room. The way McCullough writes, you feel as though you have been placed right in the middle of everything that was going on in 1776. GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Thoroughly enjoyed David McCullough's book and narration. Having only a cursory knowledge of the Revolutionary War this was a great introduction that shined a light of reality on the bigger than life George Washington.