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1776 | [David McCullough]

1776

Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: McCullough has multiple Pulitzers and an AudioFile Earphones Award for a reason. His journalistically rich account is perfectly paired with his pleasant and matter-of-fact narrative tone, revealing the complicated realities of the most pivotal year in American history. If you are even slightly interested in the Revolutionary War, then this is a must-listen. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats, who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost: Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.

The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.

Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough's 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.

©2005 David McCullough; (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Nonfiction

"A first-rate historical account." (Booklist)
"A narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research, and detailed, graceful prose....Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners." (Publishers Weekly)
"A stirring and timely work, reminding us that it's soldiers rather than 'tavern patriots and windy politicians' who have always paid the price of American idealism and determined its successes. (The New York Times)

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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 12-24-05
    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 12-24-05 Member Since 2002

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    "Great historical read!"

    The events of 1775 - 1776 unfold in a narrative that keeps you riveted. It's incredible to realize that the fate of the nation rested on so few shoulders and that the hold on liberty was so tenuous through those trying times.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott bartlesville, OK, USA 06-09-05
    Scott bartlesville, OK, USA 06-09-05
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    "Can't quit talking about 1776"

    I am definitely a "sneezer" when it comes to 1776. I can not quit talking about this book and about what this history means to me. If you wnat a lesson on perseverance, this is the right book!David McCullough brings the Revolutionary War right in your living room. The way McCullough writes, you feel as though you have been placed right in the middle of everything that was going on in 1776. GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-26-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Maybe it's me.?."

    I have heard nothing but great things about this book and being a big history buff I was very excited to give it a listen. But overall, this book just didn't live up to the hype and I thought it was a little boring, especially the first part. Maybe it's me and maybe I just need to give it another listen to see if I may have missed something here.?.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    wendy NJ 09-02-11
    wendy NJ 09-02-11 Member Since 2004

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    "enlightening and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved this audiobook - learned so much, and it was presented very well so that the information was not dry.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Everyone thinks they know the story of our revolution from school history classes, but it is really stirring to hear it presented in this book. Kudos for writing this book and presenting it in such an engrossing fashion.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E. Pearson Idaho 11-19-09
    E. Pearson Idaho 11-19-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Amazing scholarship and storytelling"

    I don't have a good natural head for history--I tend to get easily bogged down in details and lose track of who's who, where, what, and other essentials. McCullough may be my favorite historian because he essentially solves these issues for me, and seems to view the story and essential lessons it provides as the primary purpose in sharing a history.
    For historical purists, no fear: McCollough has all the scholarship and hard data your heart may desire; his talent seems to be that he includes all that without making it the main focus. After reading/listening to this book, I'm eager to listen to it again and actually learn some of the harder data--which indicates, I think, that McCullough is also a master teacher. I keep wondering: Did I learn any of this in school? (I am forgetful, so I can't entirely blame my former teachers), but I do know that I have never appreciated the struggle and heroic significance of the Revolutionary War: like too many of my peers, I thought the Revolution was a rather distant part of American history that "just happened" and "oh, yeah, from which we all benefited." I will never view history in this lackadaisical manner again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Hollister, CA, USA 08-23-08
    David Hollister, CA, USA 08-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful!"

    This book left me wishing for "1777". It is a great novel by a great writer that captivates the imagination of the history buff in me. Lots of behind the scenes detail that the average person does not consider when remembering the founding of the U.S.A.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Centerport, NY, USA 03-02-08
    Christopher Centerport, NY, USA 03-02-08
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    "Classic History"

    There is a reasaon that the author is considered a living legend by many. If you are interested in Revolutionary war history this is a must. The authour's cadance and delivery match perfectly for the subject matter and make listening fly by. The only reason I gave this 4 stares as opposed to five is that I wanted more information about the individuals, battles, and circumstances that he describes. On all other accounts this is a masterpiece.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Randal Martin The Woodlands, TX United States 02-07-06
    Randal Martin The Woodlands, TX United States 02-07-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Succinct account of 1776"

    I read Washington's Crossing before reading 1776. 1776 reads like an Abridged version of Washington's Crossing. A solid read about a critical period of this country's history. For those looking for a general overview of the time period this book is perfect. For those looking for a detailed account of the period I would suggest Washington's Crossing as well. There were some interesting details that 1776 included that I didn't get in Washington's Crossing. Perhaps the most interesting was Washington's meeting with the British 2nd in command shortly before the start of the New York campaign. I surely wish I could have been present at that meeting. Hearing the account in the book, you feel like the air could have been cut with a knife.

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    Gerald West Newbury, MA, USA 11-18-05
    Gerald West Newbury, MA, USA 11-18-05
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    "Different form for David"

    After listening to John Adams and now Truman, this left me wanting a focal character and I couldn't embrace Washington as the main character, maybe that's what I was missing. Good tale and once again I came away enlightened with the history of this great country.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Mercer Island, WA, USA 07-15-05
    Jason Mercer Island, WA, USA 07-15-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent"

    I absolutely could not stop listening to this book (wrapped it up in 5 days). I learned a ton about George Washington and, more importantly, the other players of 1776. Really good stuff.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Tom
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    4/29/09
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    "Absorbing and well narrated"

    David Mccullough is a fine popular historian; his books are always enjoyable and informative. He has a knack of combining the big picture with the stories and experiences of those who were going though it at the time, and weaving it all into a tremendous narrative. The book focuses on the first year of the American revolution - not the whole history - and paints a vivid and absorbing picture of just how close things came to disaster for Washington and his rather raggle-taggle army,and how they dug themselves out of the mire - stirring stuff.

    My only bugbear - and it's nothing to do with the book itself - is that it is frustrating sometimes listening to history books where the content is to do with military exploits, and that is one wishes for a map! I am not all that familiar with american geography so kept rushing to an atlas so that I could better keep track of what was going on. But dont let this put you off what is a fine and enjoyable book - very well narrated by the author himself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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