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.
"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)
Top History . If you are even vaguely interested in the birth of the United Sates as a nation state, you should read this ; especially in current times when such ignorance is being spouted by ill informed politicians and media who automatically assume that the American founding fathers were faultless mythical deities . McCullough shows that the truth is far more inspirational than mindless 'patriotic' mantra
There are no Characters There are only real people . McCullough brings them to life; vividly, despite all their faults and failings. He is also exceptionally even handed in his assessment of both sides . He even finds reasoned praise for some of the infamous Hessians
He brings this tumultuous year to life with incredible detail without ever being tedious or pedantic. He is thorough and incredibly well researched with out being judgmental
I would have loved to but I listen in my car and at some points in the saga I reached my destination , parked and stayed listening until McCullough had taken me through to a natural point where one could tear one's self away
McCullough's rendition of the Washington crossing the Delaware and the subsequent Battle of Trenton is the most gripping audio rendition of any history i have ever heard. This alone is worth the price of the book . But such is McCullough's scholarship and devotion to his subject that you need his whole panorama of the harrowing events of 1776 to appreciate the enormity of the pitiful American Army's victory that was a turning point in saving the infant republic.
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.
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