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)
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.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
I'm not a history buff, so I found 1776 to be interesting and informative. I wouldn't rate it in the top half of the 100+ audiobooks I've listened to, but it wasn't a bad change of pace. Worth your time if you want a basic understanding of the revolutionary war, and some insights into the continental army. But don't expect anything extraordinary.
I frequently felt that I was listening to a suspense novel. The revolutionary war like you never knew it. A must for any history buff. Graphically insightful, stark verbal imagery, factual and well told. A true masterpiece.
"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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