I really tried to like this book. David McCullough is a brilliant writer and researcher, but he shouldn't have narrated this book. I'm 5 hours in and still don't feel hooked. And truthfully, these 5 hours of book time have taken me much longer to listen to, as I have to keep rewinding to hear what I missed when my mind wandered off. I even had to rewind, twice, when I came to the passage of the Declaration of Independence.
Story-wise, the book is very detailed, and he does a great job of peppering the chronological history with details about the people. But it's like listening to your uncle read you the newspaper. I just can't finish the audio book.
David McCullough presents a vivid dramatization of the single most important year in the history of the American revolution. Our independence from England swung in the balance at several key battle sites and save for a bit of luck and some incredible bravery, demonstrated by a small outnumbered army of true patriots, it may have never happened. 1776 was the year that America was born but this novel details the labor pains the nation suffered durring that birth. Masterful descriptions of battle details, strategies, and tactics. A living historical version of that fateful year. Well worth reading or listening.
1776 covered just the period of the Revolution from late 1775 to the end of 1776 around the time of the Battle of Trenton. It's primarily a book about Washington and his struggles as a commander learning to fight the British during what turned out to be a very bad year for him militarily, and suppressing dissent from the ranks of his own commanders vying for his job. While the Declaration of Independence is mentioned, it's a relatively far off political move that has little impact on the conduction of the war, except to increase the pressure not to screw it up. The slow pace of information exchange is interesting from a modern perspective because generals in the field are often making decisions contrary to the king's because it takes three months for messages to cross the Atlantic.
captivating, historic, true
1776 begins the story of our nation- The United States of America.
Mr. McCullough brings the characters, our founding fathers, to life. He gives them personalities and feelings. I especially enjoy and appreciate when an author reads his/ her own work. One doesn't have to worry about the reader's interpretation of the author's words.
No, I didn't want to listen to this book in one sitting. I listen to this book as I'm doing household chores (cooking, cleaning, folding wash) driving to work, exercising, and shopping. The book inspires me to begin each of these tasks so that I can more quickly get back to my book.
The details of the life of the people involved and the circumstances they had to endure.
David McCullough writes and reads a good story. There's a tremendous amount of information in the book and much of it at the personal level. There was actually more information on the British perspective and events than I would have expected.
Exposure to a variety of perspectives
The siege on Boston beginning in early 1776
In the past, when I thought about 1776 (the year, not the book) I would think of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and not much more. David McCullough’s wonderful book changed all that. 1776 methodically introduces the people, events, motivations and circumstances that made this such a momentous year.
McCullough paints a rich and expansive portrait of George Washington and allowed me to see him as a man and not just a picture that hung in my childhood schoolroom. He also provides insights into King George, his parliament, the British Generals, the American Loyalists, the fighting soldiers, the colonial life, the horrid weather and the role of luck.
This is a compelling true story. We all know the ending. But the beginning is simply captivating.
David McCullough is a superb narrator of his own work.
Yes I would listen again so very informative and the narrator which was the author as well did a fantastic job.
All the side stories that filled in what I thought I all ready new about the Revolutionary War.
Not sure I can pick just one, I really liked all of them.
The year that made the difference.
The details in the writing are fascinating. I have heard of many of these events before, but McCullough tells a tale of people I've never heard and the details of their lives and their surroundings, all the way down to the weather on the specific day.
I liked the book, and I found most of it fascinating, but it was hard for me to listen to 10 plus hours of it. I bet I would have liked this more as a true book, but I listen to books when I drive, and although I found the stories McCullough told immensely interesting, I found it hard to focus at times. I don't know if that is because of the narrator or the writing, but that's how I felt.