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.
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.
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 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.
A close account of the year 1776 and it's impact on US history. You get the idea that at any time, with a shift of the wind, we could still be paying taxes to the brits. I especially liked the discussions of the battles of Boston and New York. While the battle for Trenton was interesting, it was a critical part of the war, too. I learned about Nathanael Greene, who was reportedly recommended by Washington to take over the Army if he (Washington) was disabled or captured. There were also vignettes about individual soldiers. It's not hard to see why this was a bestseller.
1776 gave me a very vivid and memorable overview of the Revolutionary War. It was easy to follow and many of the places in which important battles took place are familiar to me and they took on a whole new significance.
I was surprised to learn that the rebel troops were all volunteer and not paid. They kept defecting to go back to their farms and families which were usually very close by. Also most of the men were fathers and they brought their young sons along with them.
This is a very good book if you want a review of historical events. I would have liked to learn more about the women who stayed at home and what their lives were like.
I didn't read the print edition, but it was great to listen to on our road trip.
It's history... Everyone knows the ending.
This is the first book on tape of Mr. McCullough's that we have listened to.
Yes, we were in the car.
If you can, I suggest getting the unabridged version. There were lots of things missing; for example, the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. I would hope this was in the unabridged version, but I found it starkly missing from this abridged version.
The abridged audio version of this book was so entertaining it made me want to read the harcover, a gift which had lain untouched on my shelf for several months.
David McCullough brings George Washington to life more than any other characterization I've ever encountered, even in straight biographical pieces.
This was my first David McCullough-narrated book, and along with Malcolm Gladwell, he is proof that sometimes the author is the best choice to read the material, even with so many excellent professional narrators/performers available.
The gripping description of the near-total disaster of the Battle of Long Island, a moment early in the war when the Revolution could have been crushed had Washington not successfully evacuated the army by water to Manhattan in an orderly retreat that many believed to be impossible.
Although I'd been listening to audiobooks for years through tape and CD, this was the first truly portable audio book experience as I shifted venues from car to home to commute via my iPod. And when I was done -- the title was there in archive when I needed it, without the box and tapes and discs to gather dust and take up space. It was a truly liberating experience and I'll always remember this book fondly for that reason.
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.
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