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)
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.
Yes I would listen again so very informative and the narrator which was the author as well did a fantastic job.
All the side stories that filled in what I thought I all ready new about the Revolutionary War.
Not sure I can pick just one, I really liked all of them.
The year that made the difference.
The details in the writing are fascinating. I have heard of many of these events before, but McCullough tells a tale of people I've never heard and the details of their lives and their surroundings, all the way down to the weather on the specific day.
I liked the book, and I found most of it fascinating, but it was hard for me to listen to 10 plus hours of it. I bet I would have liked this more as a true book, but I listen to books when I drive, and although I found the stories McCullough told immensely interesting, I found it hard to focus at times. I don't know if that is because of the narrator or the writing, but that's how I felt.
leadership courage determination
Learning more about Washington and his determination and struggles to continue the fight for freedom for America.
Steady, believable, knowledgeable
A Leader for His Time!
I love revolutionary history, and this book brings to life a tale of failures and successes, and how they shaped the struggle against the British Crown.
I wouldn't - I can't say that I've actually read or listened to another such book in years, if not decades.
His performance is clean and emphatic, easy to understand, yet also well-metered. The fact that he's the author doesn't make the performance itself better, but it's more satisfying to know it.
I listened to the book every day on my way to work until I was finished - it took about two weeks, and that's about the right amount of time to digest each portion. Not too much, yet enough to keep you salivating over the next installment.
Heaven shines down.
Some inflection...and an air of storytelling that kept me interested and involved.
If I could...but a tad too long for that.
Terrific story. A one year time capsule of various events, many times watching over the shoulder of historical greats like George Washington. I felt the description of the events of the time was very fair and vivid. It is incredible as to how much can happen in the frame of one year during the forging of the United States of America. Having listened to the book, now having a better understanding of how easily things could have tipped away from us, but how favor just happened to be on our side is incredible in and of itself. It was a good read for someone interested in digging a little deeper into stories around the Revolutionary War.
Based on reviews I thought this book would be easier to listen to. I found good moments and seems to be very well researched, however it's not the kind of books that I like. It's not based on a character (e.g. Washington) but more on the events of the year 1776 (as the tittle sugested, my mistake!)
Just excellent. A 3 star on the narrator because it is the author, a little dry, and not a professional reader but he is very good and who better to tell his own story. Your perspective will change with an increased appreciation for what people suffered and sacrificed and how terribly fragile our beginning actually was.
A detailed account of events we thought we knew.
more than adequate
The personal moments of despair and frustration and how Washington overcame those.
The book is really the story of the war from the point when G. Washington is appointed commander in chief until about 1778 and it describes the war proceedings during that time in minute detail. The beginning of the war, the declaration of independence as well as how the war ended was largely omitted or mentioned very briefly. Especially the end felt rushed and was lacking a discussion of the broader historical context and importance of the events described.
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