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)
There is so much about that year and that war that I never knew, and this brought it (and George Washington!) to life! Thank you, David McCullough for your eloquence and your ability to tell the story with such vivid, human, authentic detail!
"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain
I read "1776" a few years ago and jumped at the chance to pick up the audio version. It is masterfully written and absolutely engaging. David McCullough is one of the finest history authors I have ever read, and it turns out he is a fantastic narrator as well.
Exceptional human description of one of the most important years in the history of our country. The trials and tribulations of General George Washington's army and their perseverance and courage are inspirational and put today's challenges in sharp contrast. David McCullough's reading was excellent and added authenticity and nostalgia to his prose. Editing could have been better as there was typically tens of seconds of silence between chapters.
Such colorful chatacters passing through out and historical period that is under served. Facts revealed unkiwn by the lay reader hitherto. My rgret, that he did not treat the whole war.
This was highly rated so I got it. It's not my favorite and I doubt I will listen to it again. I had high hopes after listening to David McCulloughs "Wright Brothers" book.
An outstanding look at first year of the war for independence from England. It portrays both the strengths and weaknesses of both England and America. It was an eye opener for me as to the dire condition of the American Army and the number of defeats they withstood during that first year. I highly recommend it.
Not near enough is said or celebrated by us Americans, of what it took to extract us from the garbage of authoritarian, conservative ideology; a mind-set that is more personality disorder than political stance. And thanks David McCullough for your character development of many of our four-fathers.
"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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