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 the best telling of the Revolution I have ever heard or read. Perhaps it should be required reading in every American history course. The author has done for the Revolution what Bruce Catton did for the civil war. You must get this book it is not an option.
An excellent, well read, well written, account of an important point in world history. Conveys a real sense of the times and holds the listeners attention throughout.
This book was pleasent and entertaining. It offered a great deal of insight into the time and personalities. After listening to this book, I was left wanting more. The story, as its title would indicate, focus almost exclusively on 1776 and leaves the listener eager for the rest of the story.
While dry in some places, 1776 was a very interesting book with new information about the men and women who fought and won freedom and liberty for America.
The story of the book is written in a concise, informative, and detailed manner. The is some emotion in the manner/style of writing, but little in the voice of the narrators. Mr. McCullough is a better writer than a narrator.
Factual, fun, and enjoyable. I came away with an even greater appreciation Washington and his army that I already had. This book has me searching for others on the the revolution that I can listen to here. Well worth the time and money spent.
This is a fascinating, well-read history book. It reminded me of Ken Burns style when he researched the Civil War. I appreciate that the author took a small enough slice of history that he was able to really develop the characters and their surroundings.
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