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1776 In this masterful book, 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 than words on paperBased on extensive research in both American and British archives,is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality It 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 King s men, the British commander, William Howe, an his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little knownAt the center of the drama, with Washington, are two young American patriots, who, at first, knew no of war than what they had read in books Nathaniel Green, a Quaker who was made a general at thirty three, and Henry Knox, a twenty five year old bookseller who had the preposterous idea of hauling the guns of Fort Ticonderoga overland to Boston in the dead of WinterBut it is the American commander in chief who stands foremost Washington, who had never before led an army in battle Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough sis another landmark in the literature of American history


About the Author: David McCullough

David McCullough is a Yale educated, two time recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize Truman John Adams and the National Book Award The Path Between the Seas Mornings on Horseback His many other highly acclaimed works of historical non fiction include The Greater Journey, 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, The Wright Brothers, and The Johnstown Flood He has been honored with the National Book Foundation s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in addition to many other awards and honors Mr McCullough lives in Boston, Mass.



10 thoughts on “1776

  1. says:

    There are several reasons why I think this book is important, and it has a lot to do with the state of our schools You ve probably heard that public education in America is becomingof a shambles each decade I work at a college and often feel like I m on the front lines of this battle While we have a number of good students, we also have a fair number 18 and 19 year olds who simply aren t prepared for higher education and who, if the economy weren t so degree oriented, probably wouldn t There are se


  2. says:

    David McCullough image from Ohio Magazine This is an interesting book that describes in personal detail the battles of the early revolution We see George and company in Boston, New York City, Pennsylvania and New Jersey McCullough paints portraits of the military leaders of those campaigns, Howe primarily, and Clinton for the Brits, Greene, Knox, GW and a handful of others for the Yanks He shows us some of GW s correspondence and we learn of his disaffection for New Englanders The troops David McCullough


  3. says:

    Pulitzer prizes are sexy This chronicles Washington s army from just after Bunker Hill to the dramatic crossing of the Delaware and his Christmas attack of the Hessians at Trenton Well researched and superbly written, very entertaining McCullough paints a vivid portrait of legendary time Pulitzer prizes are sexy This chronicles Washington s army from just after Bunker Hill to the dramatic crossing of the Delaware and his Christmas attack of the Hessians at Trenton Well researched and superbly written, very enter


  4. says:

    In 1776 David McCullough captures the importance of that year s quintessential struggle for our country.By focusing on this single year, as opposed to the entire war, McCullough is able to dissectminutely the individual battles, turning points, specific leaders, and the result is one of the most humanistic depictions of George Washington I ve ever read Here he becomesthan mythic god of the American past, but rather a living, breathing, flawed man Telescoping in on actions like The In 1776 David McCullough captures the


  5. says:

    David McCullough has again exceeded all expectations in his latest book, 1776 Like most historical narratives, the reader often knows the ending well in advance In 1776 , every reader had to have expected that McCullough would close his book describing Washington s daring yet gallant crossing of the Delaware and the Continental Army s subsequent triumph at Trenton Nevertheless, as I approached the end of the book I found myself anxiously awaiting that moment I literally read on with ba David McCullough has again exceeded all


  6. says:

    McCullough s celebrated 1776 covers a crucial turning point in the American war of independence from the British empire However, I felt that this book was not as fascinating as Washington s Crossing by Fischer In Fischer s book, we get a muchdetailed account of the defeat in New York, the retreat across New Jersey and the crossing and re crossing of the Delaware which I foundgripping than thesuperficial coverage by McCullough I guess the positive point of McCullough is the b McCullough s celebrated 1776 covers a crucial turning poin


  7. says:

    How did a group of farmers beat the English Empire Through blood, sweat and tears Noted American Historian, David McCullough, beautifully tells the story of the birth of the United States of America He takes just one year in the American Revolution to tell how both sides of the war felt and thought He shows how King George III thought of the Colonists as petulant children who did not have any legitimate complaints He showed how George Washington was worried about the chance of Victory for t How did a group of farmers beat the English Empir


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    1776 is an interesting narrative covering the Revolutionary War from the Siege of Boston in late 1775, through the British victories in New York, to the successful American battles in windy, snowy weather in New Jersey The war did not end until 1783, so this book only covers the historic year when the Declaration of Independence was signed.It s a joy to read David McCullough s writing because he makes the historical figures seem so real with their strengths and flaws The book is well researc 1776 is an interesting narrative covering the Revolutionary War from the Siege of Boston in late 1775, through the British victories in New York, to the successful American battles in windy, snowy weather in New Jersey The war did not end until 1783, so this book only covers the historic year when the Declaration of Independence was signed.It s a joy to read David McCullough s writing because he makes the historical figures seem so real with their strengths and flaws The book is well researched with many quotations from primary sources 1776 concentrates on the military situation since McCullough wroteabout the politics of the time in another book.The American army looked like a ragtag group of volunteers who had insufficient training, clothing, food, and weapons, but possessed ingenuity and spirit The professional British troops with the paid Hessians had better training, good uniforms, andweapons The British also had the finest navy in the world which was especially advantageous in New York City which is surrounded on three sides by water.The book included many illustrations of the main players of 1776, both American and British Three period maps were also included, but some of the small print was difficult to read Since I m from the northeast, I was familiar with Boston, New York, and New Jersey A reader from another country might want to find maps online to use with McCullough s excellent military descriptions Overall, this was an engaging, well written book


  9. says:

    This isn t the book I wanted to read, or was expecting to read, but it was good nonetheless.What I was expecting 1 A book about the first full year of the American Revolution this part was accurate.2 Insight into the causes of the Revolution absent almost completely.3 Portrayals of the way the two sides saw each other, and why somewhat present.4 Stuff about George Washington and the other founding fathers there was some stuff on George Washington, mostly in his role as commander in ch This isn t the book I wanted to read, or was expecting to read, but i


  10. says:

    McCullough s 1776 is a book about discovery the force within oneself, one body of people, to be free without the anxiety of what it means to govern themselves independently Democracy was what they yearned for The majority of the American people wanted to unite and unite they did McCullough discusses the trials and tribulations of the first full year of the American Revolutionary War in the north to northeastern part of the colonies with clear and concise language He uses many quotes and p McCullough s 1776 is a book about discovery the force within oneself, on


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