A detailed and interesting recounting of the military actions surrounding the declaration of independence and the start of the American war of independence.
The only reservation I have after finishing this book is that if one is to read but a single book on the war of independece, this is too limited - describing only the military actions of the first year and very little of the politics.
Other than that it is a very good book, and deals splendidly with its subject.
The narration could be described as very solemn, though this fits the subject well and does in no way detract from the experience.
A good listen, and one I can recommend to those interested in military actions of the era.
It was a bit boring for me. I appreciate the research and time put into this book, but there just wasn't enough action for my liking. I like movies about historical events, but I guess not being able to see the action made it underwhelming. Good historical info though.
I found myself in happy tears at the end, feeling the weight of struggle and renewal of vigor the Continental Army experienced through such a tumultuous year. I love David McCullough's voice, and his deep understanding of the story can be both heard and felt. What a difference Pulitzer-prize-winning writing makes! I feel as if I now personally know George Washington, Nathaniel Green, and Heny Knox, and perhaps stood by them during the battles with British troops so long ago. Not something I ever thought I would say, that's for certain!
I enjoyed the audio presentation of 1776. The story shed light into Washington and his supporting officers and formed a well researched narrative around the year 1776. The book also brought Washington down from the legendary status he holds today in the USA and shows his strengths and faults. Of this, I greatly enjoyed. If i have a complaint for this book it is that it stays true to its title a little to well and only covers the events of the title's year. I look forward to finding a more expansive work so that I can learn more of these great participants in America's history.
This is a must read book in understanding of our nation's history. So many other books so many other times yes but this also deserves a place on the list. Well written well read enjoyed every minute of it. Wish that the author had done an entire series of the war in the same manner. A good mix of historical records and personal accounts excellent
wow! what an amazing book! This is the way that history should be taught! I grew up in New York State and knew of the many places in NY, New England, NJ, and Connecticut that were significant in the Revolutionary War, but I never knew how they were involved and what happened there. This book brought everything alive for me, in addition to bringing the people alive as well. I am so proud to be an American!
David McCullough is absolutely amazing as well. Words cannot describe the quality of his presentation, and I especially liked that he was reading a book he had authored.
My only criticism is that, at the end of some chapters, there were very long silent pauses that annoyed me...though not enough to downgrade my rating.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
I'm not a history buff, so I found 1776 to be interesting and informative. I wouldn't rate it in the top half of the 100+ audiobooks I've listened to, but it wasn't a bad change of pace. Worth your time if you want a basic understanding of the revolutionary war, and some insights into the continental army. But don't expect anything extraordinary.