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1776 | [David McCullough]

1776

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.
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Publisher's Summary

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Nonfiction

"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)

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    George VAN NUYS, CA, USA 07-03-05
    George VAN NUYS, CA, USA 07-03-05 Member Since 2004
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    "a must listen"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 09-09-05
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 09-09-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Bentonville, AR, USA 09-16-05
    Richard Bentonville, AR, USA 09-16-05
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    "Entertaining"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Damon HANFORD, CA, USA 06-28-05
    Damon HANFORD, CA, USA 06-28-05
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    "Inspiring History"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caesar44BC Detroit, MI 05-27-05
    Caesar44BC Detroit, MI 05-27-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great"

    Great book. Get the unabridged version; it's worth it.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Hansen 11751 Pasetto Ln 107, Fort Myers, FL 04-10-14
    Jack Hansen 11751 Pasetto Ln 107, Fort Myers, FL 04-10-14 Member Since 2013

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    "David McCullough's Narration of 1776"
    Would you listen to 1776 again? Why?

    Yes, although, it is a review of much of what I've learned already, the crucial moments that could make or break a revolution are worth hearing again and again. General George Washington's history is surely providential.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1776?

    Washington turning his horse around to speak to deserting and/or retiring soldiers who were not paid, many were shoeless, most filled with despair. His speech motivated their souls pointing out how their legacy will build a righteous nation upon the cornerstone of their brave, noble efforts. Braveheart must have been inspired by such belief in freedom and liberty as Washington eloquently professed that day.


    What about David McCullough’s performance did you like?

    Liked the narration by the author very much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Washington's decision to move on Trenton when the British least expected it.


    Any additional comments?

    1776, in the colonies of the New World, David McCullough sets the stage for his expert, historical account of events that start in Boston, MA, and end in Trenton, NJ. The author is also the narrator of this audiobook edition making the experience authentic and intriguing. McCullough transports the reader back to the days of thick forests and severe weather, elements George Washington and his men persevere to make the eventual United States of America the most exceptional country in the world. This book really centers around George Washington and his ability to inspire men in the throes of defeat and despair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 08-02-13
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Whew, that was a close one!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine B. Nold LOWER GWYNEDD, PA, United States 12-11-12
    Catherine B. Nold LOWER GWYNEDD, PA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for history buffs"
    What did you like best about 1776? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1776?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Do you think 1776 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Northridge, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Michelle Northridge, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1776 to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print edition, but it was great to listen to on our road trip.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's history... Everyone knows the ending.


    Have you listened to any of David McCullough’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book on tape of Mr. McCullough's that we have listened to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, we were in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rene' GERMANTOWN, MD, United States 12-22-11
    Rene' GERMANTOWN, MD, United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Choice for a First Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1776 to be better than the print 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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David McCullough brings George Washington to life more than any other characterization I've ever encountered, even in straight biographical pieces.


    Have you listened to any of David McCullough’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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