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)
This might be the best book I've ever read. Spellbinding and hugely engrossing. A wonderful and descriptive narrative a our founding father, Washington.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book - I am a bit of a history nut, and it goes without saying this is a huge event in history. Frankly, I could have lived without some of the recitation of the addresses to Parliament and the long letters that were read, but I found the rest of it to be quite fascinating. I guess when I bought it, I never realized that it only covered the beginning of the war through 1776, so when it ended, I was left a bit frustrated. Even though I know what happened, I want to hear McCullough tell it. His sources and investigations are so thorough and it brings those who fought in this war to life. Perhaps a 1777 is coming in the future?
The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.
I'm glad I was inspired to rescue this from my personal backlist. When this first came out, I read a page or two and did not connect with it. I loved Zane Grey's George Washington, and I wanted to read about the rebels, the patriots, not about England. This book start slow, but builds and builds with momentum. It's a unique that to me, in that it focuses on a single year, and shows the true hardship of that year. The patriots faced hardships but didn't give up. This book truly demonstrates that large life lesson.
Never knew the specifics of this history, so found the story useful. But found the recounts of who, where, and when a bit tedious. Glad to listen, rather than read, where I could do chores as the slower parts of the war's progress could flow along in the background, and where I could tune in for each of the crucial turning points, which were aptly told. Fans of the history genre may rank this higher than I, given my requirements for history include more sizzle to be palatable.
The narration was outstanding! The history was extremely well presented. A beautiful presentation, it was an enjoyable bit of our early history. Well done!
Gerald Laughlin Sr.
By far, my favorite audiobook to date. McCullough is a BRILLIANT author and narrator. He brings to life, in vivid detail, the historic characters and events so that you get a new appreciation of life during our nation's struggle for independence. Am looking forward to more from McCullough.
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