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)
Above the middle of the pack.
Ole George Washington, as he was the center character.
As above, George W.
Enjoyed visualizing various revolutionary battles as they played out in the narrative. Much better than dry history books.
Surprised that the author quit narrative so early in the war. But this book was a good listen giving perspective from loyalists, British and rebel (eventually the USA) sides.
This book does not stand on its own- I found I wanted deeper background information from the start. Ideologies of the American Revolution by Peter Mancall makes an awesome pair with this book.
The writing is fresh, inspiring and vivid in it story telling. The research done for this masterpiece must have been truly exceptional, and paints a truer picture from all its angles of reference. A superb work.
Beautifully written and even more so read. The piecing together of a broad array of historical fact into a succinct story brought together an amazing work of literature.
I will read this again and again.
Wonderfully narrated by the author.
I've always known that our struggle for independence was precarious but this book fleshed it out with vivid detail. There were several moments that brought tears to my eyes. The narration by the author was flawless. I am reminded of how much we have strayed from the greatness that was once America.
Fantastic rendering of the very real events that shaped our young nation and a wonderful glimpse into the character of the young men who fought valiantly for everything we hold dear to this day. I was considerably impressed by the hardships these people endured, how small their numbers were and how close they came many times in that fateful year of 1776 to losing it all. Why Hollywood has refused to bring this tale to the screen or at least TV is beyond me. I'd be far more interested in a true tale about men like this than the 500th retread of yet another comic book "hero" story. Washington, Knox and Greene are my X-Men!!
Read by the author with excellent pace and tone, this book made me want to drive around the block instead of pulling into the house, to allow a few more minutes of the book. The material was very easy to get absorbed into, with fascinating insights to America in it's infancy. Factual information, inter-laced with popular "beliefs" and stories. Will definitely listen to this one again down the road.
"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.
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