It was a bit of a slog to get through. Perhaps my expectations were out of sink. I think it would have been better if I had more background knowledge / perspective of the period as is very detailed over a very narrow period of time - but hey the title is about 1 year - silly me.
1776 tells of the ups and downs in Washington's command portraying him as a person with real human frailties. But this book is not a critique of Washington. Far from it. Despite all his imperfections, one cannot but come away with great admiration for Washington realizing all the stresses he must have gone through and how he kept up the morale of his men despite overwhelming odds. The book makes the reader think about how Washington must have felt and how his unwavering belief in his cause and his strong moral character kept the army together. 1776 was a tough year for America and it's amazing that Continental Army pulled it out. Highly recommended! I could not put it down.
This was a most enjoyable listen. The depth of my experience with David McCullough comes from the Ken Burns Civil War series produced years ago – The age heard in his voice was at first rather striking. It was like suddenly seeing and old friend with many more years of ‘experience’ in character and form. I purchased the book with some reluctance because I had intended to break away from another history book (I just finished The Second World War –Winston Churchill). I was pleasantly surprised this book is terrific and I finished very quickly. A great listen!
lots of history,
one battle ran into another and on and on and on
a novel--no more history right now
This is the kind of history book I like: The point of view is not fully omniscient, so there is some suspense. Yet we do get occasional scenes from the British viewpoint which adds important depth to the details of the situation.
The author himself narrates, and I gave "only" 4 stars to the Performance since his gravelly voice and slower delivery lost me at times. But halfway into the book, I discovered that the Audible player allows adjustment to playback speed, so I am now happily listening to the last half on accelerated speed.
One of my favorite Audible books so far.
Thanks David McCullough
I felt like my difficient historical knowlege was seriously buouyed by this book.
It is a treat to listen to this book. David McCullough's voice is so soothing I keep hearing it even after I finshed the book.
Well written, well researched, and beautifully read. Really interesting look at the man from all walks of life that surrounded Washington during the year of 1776 that changed America. Particularly great is Mr. McCullough himself reading the book with his great voice. A must read.
If you are interested in American history, this is a great book. Mr. McCullough does a great job reading his book.