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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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    John E. North Olmsted, OH, USA 06-13-08
    John E. North Olmsted, OH, USA 06-13-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Real history from the words of real people"

    Real history from real people, and the true picture of why Washington is so revered. It is outstanding both in content and the author's reading of it. From the victory at Boston, through the disasters at New York and on to Trenton it is absolutely arresting. I have but one complaint. I wish he had not ended after Trenton and the crossing of the Delaware, but had gone on to Saratoga!

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    B. Gill Indianapolis 10-18-07
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    "Excellent Book"

    This is an excellent story to make you feel patriotic and give yourself an excellent history refresher (great because I have kids, so I sound really smart when I can answer history questions!) This really captures you and is hard to "put down" so to speak.

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    Christie Gescheider 10-06-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "History Lives"

    Well researched and made to come alive, chapter by chapter. Not exactly what we were taught in grade school history.

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    Dave Brown 09-17-07
    Dave Brown 09-17-07 Member Since 2009
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    "memorable especially for history"

    Considering how little I remember of history class, and especially for living in the areas where these things happened, this was an interesting and moving way to discover why all those towns and places I knew growing up were known in history books. The story-like retelling of these events was refreshing in a topic that I usually have trouble paying attention to. The narrator was superb.

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    Ed in Raleigh Raleigh, NC 05-28-07
    Ed in Raleigh Raleigh, NC 05-28-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Washington Insights"

    A funny and enlightening listen. I learned things about the father of our country that history books simply didn't reveal. And what a hoot ole George was at first, during his initiation into the American Revolution. Great!

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    Adam St Paul, MN, USA 11-16-06
    Adam St Paul, MN, USA 11-16-06
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    "Excellent"

    A stirring story, made the better with the McCullough's eye for detail. I particularly enjoyed hearing the author read his own work. Recommended!

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    Colin Aurora, ON, Canada 11-12-06
    Colin Aurora, ON, Canada 11-12-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting and Entertaining"

    An interesting way to get the "feel" of the events and the time. The style of the author combined with the narrative provides a good flow and a sense of some of the perhaps subtler issues of the storyline. While it may not be useful for the "true historian" it was entertaining for the part-time one.

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    "Good Historical Read"

    David McCullough has a wonderful way of putting you into the time period of our nation's youth. Excellent short read. *** Read Unabridged and capture all the authors thoughtful insights ***

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    Pamela Auburn, KY, USA 09-29-06
    Pamela Auburn, KY, USA 09-29-06
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    "1776"

    This book was not my favorite, though i could have chosen worse with the selection i was presented with to do my book report on. The reason i was not impressed by the dook is that it was written like a text book just told you what happened in the war and that year it was i guess just like all non-fiction books.

    As far as th audio book was concerned i was VERY impressed this was the first one i have downloaded frome the internet and i have no complaints.

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    Christina Schenectady , NY, USA 09-23-06
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    "Educational and exciting"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It remained very interesting and engaging the entire way through and was both educational and entertaining.

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