I am not a history buff, but was dissappointed when I got to the end of this book. Provides an account of 1776 that makes you feel like you were there. Fascinating information about and around historic events. Can hardly wait for 1777!
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David McCullough is one of my favorite authors. The opportunity to listen to him narrate his own work in his distinctive voice should not be missed. Please do yourself a favor and get this audio book.
I love David McCullough's writing and this book, 1776, made me see what our founders went through to bring this nation into existence, their outward faith in God, and the fact that without General George Washington, this country would not exist as it does today, a free nation. We are shown both his failures and his success brought about by his determination to get the job done no matter what the odds. Many strange events gives the eye of faith the ability to see God's hand at work in the fighting. HOnor was paramoount in those days. The reader did a good job.
I first became acquainted with Mr. McCullough's writing when I listened to the unabridged version of Truman. His narrative style, bringing in a fuller picture of the events surrounding the first years of the American Revolutionary War, really painted a greater picture for me of the era that led to the birth of our nation. Read it. It'll change the way you look at history.
This is the way history books should be written. A minimum of ideological commentary is used while the writer uses mostly letters and diary accounts to describe this pivotal year in a most fascinating way.
This is a fabulous book! Accurate history and easy to listen to, with the inside details taken from personal letters. Give us insight into how the key players, American and British, felt before and during the war. Amazing details, watch the blunders of the young American army, from short enlistments to poor strategic decisions and the impact of all on the outcome. The British cockey assurance they could win the war with ease and the large number of loyalists who openly supported the British. Amazing how close we came to loosing this war and not getting our independence! The recording itself is very good with clear diction - easy to listen to.
Listening to Mr. McCullough read 1776 brings the story of the Revolution to life. Are we SURE that he was not there to see it happen?
I thought this was a good book. I learned a good deal historically, so much so I was a bit disappointed when it ended there was so much more story to be told. That, however, did not loss of a star. I don't know what it was I just felt it to be 4 out of 5 stars - I would recommend this book.
This is a great book by one of the great popular historians of our day. It's depth of detail and insight into Washington the man makes this a very robust book. However, I felt the author's choice to restrict the book to the events of a single year was too constraining for my taste. For those like me who want to know more, I recommend following 1776 with D.H. Fischer's excellent "Washington's Crossing" that covers the events of late 1776 into early 1777 in detail with very little overlap.