This audiobook was masterfully done and spoke with true patriotic passion. I enjoyed every aspect of this audio book I will probably listen to it agian in the future.
I would have to say the story of Henry Knox was my favorite of this read. His triumphs over the elements and his misfortunes had me.
This book is beautiful. It should be required reading for all high schoolers. It demonstrates the true cost paid by those who fought for the founding principles in that first year of revolution when all we take for granted today nearly wasn't .
It is a great book.
Very good storytelling, I loved listening to it. The only negative point I have to criticise is the open end since the book only covers 1776. Due to this reason it is just not sufficiently covering the independence matter as a whole, which was the reason I initially wanted to read the book.
I read the book, love the information, but could not listen to the audio verison.
I listened again for the second time after an interlude of a year or so, and this time it seemed to come alive. The amazing sacrifices of so many, the guesswork and perseverance of General Washington and his peers against nightly odds of both military and natural obstacles, and the ability of everyday people to rise to the summit of endurance really could not be told better.
The author was fair but honest, and did not "cherry pick" so to speak. It was clearly a mess in 1776, but somehow real men pulled through. Still rather miraculous.
Yes, several others, and they are all superb.
In His Darkest Hour.
Can't recommend it enough. Now I am going to plow through John Adams again. I expect I'll have similar reactions. All I can say is American History was taught by my track and field coach in high school. He was a gentle man, and a good reader. Which is all he did. Read out of the history book, and then have us outline it. I was comatose every class and nearly died of acute cortical implosion. I hated American History. So the old adage is true...it takes a great teacher to ignite the imagination and create a thirst for learning. David McCullough is such a man, and I am grateful to him for helping me finally come to appreciate US History. Every teacher of history ought to have their students listen to this book. At least there is a chance a few will catch fire.
Everything ! The unbiased truth about General Washington and the depiction of the war from every account
The courage exhibited by the army under the most difficult conditions one can possibly imagine. And the crossing the Delaware on Christmas Eve of course
No Doubt- General Washington first Generals' Lewis and Knox
There are many insights into Washington's mind, was he was in doubt, the tactical mistakes he made and his undaunted state of being. some where his sheer presence was enough to carry the day. You will no doubt agree, if not for him we would still could be British subjects
So much history I was never presented with in school. I don't think you can take it all in the first time.
Finding out that the framers of our nation had such expansive personal library's was new to me.
This is a long book, however, if you are on a long drive, it would be a great book for you.
There are so many amazing facts, contradictions, things we just didn't know about the American Revolution that are either amazing, horrifying, or just left out of the story. Washington indecisive? The British troops' red coats were generally tattered? King George was not such a bad guy? Tell me more Mr. McCullough, your gentle, knowing voice has my ear.