America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.
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 more than words on paper.
Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 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, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The year 1776 gets committed to memory in elementary school, but how much do most of us really know about one of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history? Best-selling historian David McCullough paints a detailed picture of the military struggle that was taking place while the Founding Fathers argued over the precise wording of the Declaration of Independence. McCullough’s impeccable research allows him to find the flaws in George Washington and provide a balanced voice for the British and their supporters. Written in a novelistic, high-energy style, 1776 brings a palpable immediacy to the start of the American Revolution.
In the Pulitzer Prize winning John Adams, McCullough provided an in-depth look at the life of America's second president; here, the author shifts his focus to the other major players of the American Revolution, providing a detailed account of the life and times of the generals and soldiers who fought for and won America's independence. In this top-notch audio production, McCullough proves that he is as equally adept at reading prose as he is at writing it. At no time does it feel like listening to a lecturing professor; instead, McCullough narrates in a sonorous, grandfatherly voice, keeping his speech vibrant and engaging, as if he were simply telling a story. Unabridged sections of prose are read by the author, while portions of the book not fully explored in this abridgment are summarized by auxiliary narrator Twomey, whose performance is serviceable and pleasant. Though the abridgement is effective, the subject matter will leave discerning listeners hungry for more. While casual fans will be satisfied, serious history aficionados will want to listen to McCullough's unabridged recording (12 hours, 10 CDs, ). Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 21).
Plucky American Spirit
As a Historian, I have read many books covering our struggles for independence. Moreover, this is a nice detailed account of the trials of our early republic. Well written and informative, which makes you proud to be an American. The only downside was that the images/documents should have been interspersed throughtout the book, when relevant. McCullough should have included maps detailing the battles also.
This is a great read. Both sides had something to loose but only onside had something great to gain. This book really gives insight into the redcoats as well as the colonies.