One of my all-time favorites. 1776 feels more like a novel than history. The audio book is narrated well by the author.
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It's interesting and enjoyable to me. I like David's other books too. He brings several new points up.
The actual content was really good but the narration seemed a bit flat for me. At times my attention wandered.
I gained a new respect for Washington, to learn that for al the accolades then and now, he was burdened by not only failure, but indecision and endlessly second-guessing himself, much as I do.
And then those Patriots! Many so undisciplined and afraid, not to mention drunk and disorderly, that this man known for his cool composure, completely loses it. Defeat, retreat, retreat further without fighting. How close the world came to being totally different.
Meanwhile, the states won't support Washjngton with troops, the militias barely turn out, most volunteers just abandon the fighting when their allotted time is up, even when needed most, and so many of the Congress just go home they can't even get a quorum much of the time. Sure it was harvest time, but I don't think Thomas Jefferson was picking his own cotton!
It's almost enough to give one hope for the screwed up mess we have become, politically and societally.
At the same time, gaining the perspective of the English is enlightening, especially given that we have replaced them as the most formidable military force in the world. Hopefully we never see the day when our generals are encouraged by the number of courts martial for rape, that indicating their men are healthy and well fed. But their disdain for the Patriots and the ability of many to see the colonists only as misguided at best, at worst possessed by evil, has some uncomfortable parallels.
I enjoy learning history. I don't think I would have read this book, but hearing the story told by David McCullough himself was engaging. I liked that he told the good and the bad, and followed both sides not just the American side. It is a book for scholars as well as those who want a good introduction to the story on how and why our country was founded.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I found this to be a nice review of the Revolutionary War. I listened to it on Memorial Day weekend as a reminder of the sacrifice of our forefathers. George Washington really was a lot tougher than I realized previously. The details were interesting but I did find it easier to get through the material by increasing my listening the author read this book himself and did a descent job. Although I usually do not listen to history books often, this was very thought provoking, especially on a Memorial Day weekend.
Way beyond my expectations! Hooked. I really want to be a read and read books like this but haven't ever been able to finish what I start...finished this and loved every minute of it!
The crossing of the Delaware stands out, in no small part because of its historical importance.
Yes. It strikes me as astronomically improbable that one person could both compose and perform such a captivating historical narrative. Bravo Mr. McCullough.
1776 combines the factual content of the best non-fiction with the compelling narrative of the best fiction. Expertly read by the author, I recommend this book extremely highly!