I would recommend this book if I actually heard the whole thing. Apparently the download was a bit to be desired. I thought I was getting the whole book but it paused and unbeknownst to me, it skipped around. As I thought I was listening to Part one on my MPG player, it always said resume, highlighted in Part one, however I soon discovered that I was in Part two and at the end. With all the skipping around it sort of connected as I did not make the connection that it was skipping so much. A lot of military and personal dialogue sort of meshed it all together. At any rate, Mr. McCullough's narrative and insights were superb! I will try again, at a future date, to try and listen to the 'whole' book again.
It should be made into a TV series.
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Without the brilliance and courage of the Father of our country, we simply would not exist as we do today. Mr. McCullough brings his story and him to life in a way I can only describe as magnificent..
This book punctuates how lucky we are to be where we are. I'm more of a Yelper, not into writing reviews on here yet. Great book though!
The narrative. Often times interesting stories or developments would be completely sidetracked by wholly irrelevant details or facts.
Boredom and disappointment.
The book definitely has great moments, but there is no sense of momentum. The author fails to present a worthwhile portrait of such an important year by focusing on obscure and distracting facts. It's as if he did so much research that he felt compelled to include it, but I bought this book to learn about the American Revolution and the life and times surrounding it; I don't care about the name and 2 generations of family history of the architect who designed Washington's first headquarters in NYC.
Once again David McCullough has produced a masterpiece. In 1776, he traces the origins of the American Rebellion in the years leading up to the outbreak of fighting in 1775. In April 1775, the militia in Concord fought back the British regulars and as the British soldiers retreated back towards Boston. More and more militia joined the attack and the British retreat turned into a rout. At the end of the day the British soldiers were besieged in the city of Boston. In June the British soldiers attacked the Rebel fortifications on Breed's Hill. They carried the field, but suffered about 1,000 casualties. This put an end to any attempt by the British Army to break out of Boston. In July, George Washington took command of the newly named Continental Army and began to organize it. The year 1775, ended with the British entrenched in Boston, but unable to leave.
In March 1776, the British finally gave up the city of Boston and sailed away. Washington suspected that their next target would be New York. He moved his army from Boston to New York where they began to prepare for the defense of the city. In the city of Philadelphia the decision had finally been reached to declare independence from Great Britain. The news was met with much rejoicing by the army in New York. They were no longer fighting a rebellion against the King of England. Now they were soldiers fighting for a nation of their own. The British began to arrive in New York in July. In August the American army was pushed off of Long Island. By September it had been pushed out of the rest of New York. Then came the long retreat. In December, with his army starting to fall apart, Washington decided to risk it all on an attack of the Hessian garrison at Trenton. The battle was a success and the Continental army had it's first major victory. A week later the Americans successfully attacked the British forces at Princeton. These two victories gave the army the encouragement that it needed to keep fighting.
McCullough's writing is always masterful. He understands how to use language to engage the reader throughout. One of his great strengths is bringing these historical characters to life. George Washington is the pivotal character in the book. A man who had never commanded an army in battle Washington made a number of poor choices in the New York campaign. He would learn from his mistakes over time. We also see the great commanders Nathaniel Greene and Henry Knox. These two men would serve through the war and would be crucial supporters of Washington. We also get to see the rank and file soldier like Joseph P. Martin. It was the courage of these men and thousands like them that helped to create the United States of America. If you have not read this book then do yourself a favor and read it.
David McCullough narrates this book which makes it even more enjoyable to listen to. My first experience with McCullough dated back to when he used to narrate documentaries for Ken Burns. His voice is always a delight to listen to.
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.