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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Great history

Great history, monotone reading made following along difficult, as well as hard to follow which gentleman was which.

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Always enjoy David McCullough's work.

I've listened to other works about this time period, but they were not as balanced.

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Great!

I had doubts that an audible history book could be as engaging as reading but I was pleasantly surprised.
Though, I'll probably stick to the written word for history going forward. If I miss something, it's easier to go back and re read.

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No background in American history? Avoid!

Without a background of American History it was very difficult to match the information to a year and month. Sometimes it would reference other years but that's not when he was talking about. A lot of name dropping and related information.

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1776

Outstanding! A detailed account of the military campaigns under Washington in the year that bears the title. Original source material is expertly woven into the account that brings the book to life. I couldn't put it down.

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The Price of Freedom

The book gives you some incite into the extreme circumstances of what it took to win independence for America. You get a view of what George Washington went through and the dedication he had to his county. Many gave so much for this country that it's difficult to even imagine it.

If you like American history this is a must read

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Miraculous

This book is an inspiring cumulation of firsthand personal witnesses to the revolution. It demonstrates the difficulties and successes of that rag tag group of citizen soldiers led by General George Washington. He may have been a man with a few faults but he was inspired from on High and inspiring to those he led. Those who knew him revered him. Without General George Washington there would be no United States of America.

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Incredible!

This book should be read/listened to by every American! I was in tears at the end. Simply stunning in magnitude and delivery. Loved it!!

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McCullough is incomparable

McCullough narrating his own work is a wonderful listening experience. No one could do it better!

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great listen!

great history lesson. well written and very engaging! loved the thoroughness and research that went into this book.