In the past, when I thought about 1776 (the year, not the book) I would think of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and not much more. David McCullough’s wonderful book changed all that. 1776 methodically introduces the people, events, motivations and circumstances that made this such a momentous year.
McCullough paints a rich and expansive portrait of George Washington and allowed me to see him as a man and not just a picture that hung in my childhood schoolroom. He also provides insights into King George, his parliament, the British Generals, the American Loyalists, the fighting soldiers, the colonial life, the horrid weather and the role of luck.
This is a compelling true story. We all know the ending. But the beginning is simply captivating.
David McCullough is a superb narrator of his own work.
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