You would think a book entitled 1776 would be about the seminal event of 1776, the Declaration of Independence. But you would be wrong. This book is about the Fight for Independence in 1776, focusing entirely on the revolutionary war from a military and strategic perspective, with only reference to the Declaration of Independence as it affected the battles.
Having recently read Ron Chernow's very good and thorough book on Washington, this book covered much of the same ground for the year in question, except that it gave much more detail to the fateful battle for Brooklyn and Long Island, and also gave some interesting insight into the British declarations by the King about the rebellions.
Much of the story told I had not herd before.
My only complaint is the book is written about one year the year 1776. I want to hear more, the book ends and the war isn't over really just beginning.
I love history and also like David McCullough's voice in this book which he wrote. I am amazing at the detail that he can get out of one year. Of course George Washington is one of my most impressive personages, and I think God's hand was upon him. Great Story - Great History!
Of course, the battle of Trenton which was a change to encouragement and winning. To me it was all memorable!
Having seen him on TV and knowing him in this way, I could visualize him. I like his voice.
At one point (and I don't recall where it is) someone describes George Washington in an amazing and impacting way.
I wish everyone - especially HS and College students, would just read it!!!!
Say something about yourself!
A riveting, gripping account of one of the most pivotal times in the history of this great nation. David McCullough's narrative of his brilliant book was fantastic!
This book was wonderful! I was a little concerned about the author narrating the book, but instead, he did an excellent job, you could tell he knew and loved history!
One of the things I found most interesting while listening to this book is how people felt about George Washington during the revolutionary war. They didn't feel anything like we do today. Just read it and you will find out what I mean!
McCullough has a fantastic voice, and his delivery is brilliant. There's no way the print version is as good as this.
Not sure if I would listen to the book again, maybe portions of it if I were preparing to talk ot a Scout Troop about our Freedoms in an effort to instill within them a sense of Patriotism. I don't usually watch movies more than once ether.
I love how this book illistrates the hand of God in the birth of this nation and how many times the victory of battles or contributing factors for protection was atributed to the divine hand of providence. I think thats something missing from most history books today.
There's just something cool about listening ot the author read his own work
Every time Washington is faced with hardship and stands tall inspite of the odds it inspires me to do the same.
I wish there was an additional book to cover the remainder of the war.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
For those who have already read perfusly on this period like myself, less of an impact and appreciation of this book should be expected. For the rest, this could be a 5 star read. Mccullough uses his usual magic here to relate this period and protagonists, but if I remember correctly, since I read this awhile ago now, there is not much in the way of breaking news. Narrated by the man himself! which is as good as it gets.HIGHLY RATED
I have already listened twice to this riveting historical look at the Revolutionary War during 1776. David Mccullough brings the difficulties faced by George Washington, his indecisiveness, as well as his bravery and leadership of the colonial army to life in this historical Pulitzer prize winner. I have listened twice and will listen again as it is packed with fascinating details that demand a listeners full attention. One of the best books I have ever downloaded. It makes one appreciate the true significance of the decision to achieve independence.and what it cost the early colonists on both sides.
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.