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 thanIn 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 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, an his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.At 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 Winter.But 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 Adam
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 caus
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 becoming of 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 choose [...]
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 were a rag tag bunch and George was constantly st [...]
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 dissect minutely 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 becomes than mythic god of the American past, but rather a living, breathing, flawed man Telescoping in on actions like The Battle of [...]
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 bated breath [...]
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 the Co [...]
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.
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 phrases [...]
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 chief of the [...]
I decided to read this book because it is on the best seller list and there are about 350 people who have reserved the book on line at the library I am STILL baffled as to how many people have read and want to read this book The book is about the Revolutionary war in the year 1776 It is well written I feel like I missed a lot of school I don t remember anything about the Revolutionary war I didn t realize how much was fought in New York City and Long Island I didn t realize how long it lasted I [...]
There wasn t a shelf for Books I tried to read, and then failed at So this one wound up on the Read shelf, even though that s a lie I only suffered through about a 1 3 of it 1776 bored the living shit out of me I m sure this makes me a bad person, moves me out of the running for the next Genius Award, reveals me as an uncultured, unsophisticated reader of comic books and advice columnists, etc etc Don t care This book reminded me of a trip I took to Gettysburg when I was in 3rd grade battlefield [...]
This is the first book of the nine I have read by David McCullough that I have not given either a four or five star rating Three stars is a book I like but I do not think it compares well to his other books It isn t comprehensive enough Why does he cover only the first year of the Revolutionary War There is no explanation given It actually starts with the Siege of Boston in the fall of 1775, yet it does not cover Bunker Hill or the Battle of Lexington which occurred earlier in the same year We a [...]
I listened to this on audio book, although I do have a hard back copy in my library David McCollough s distinct voice, which makes his speeches so enjoyable, also makes him the perfect candidate to read his own books His is the recognizable voice from the 90 s as the narrator of Ken Burns PBS classic The Civil War The only McCullough book I ve read is his Pulitzer Prize winning biography, John Adams 1776 is not quite on the level with John Adams, but it s very good, very enlightening, about a pa [...]
A wonderful amazing chronicle of the make or break year in the American Revolution David McCullough s like a cozy Grandpa Historian you just wanna sit in a circle and listen to all his stories, which is exactly the experience I had listening to the audiobook.
The most spellbinding account of history I ve read so far I could not put this book down When I realize all that American soldiers endured during the Revolution, the situations that favored us merely by chance, and the miraculous deeds that eventually won the war for us, I am in awe of America George Washington was not perfect, nor were his men And maybe it s that imperfection which elevates them to true hero status, because they overcame countless defeats and obstacles, but also their own vices [...]
I have read several of David McCullough s books including John Adams and it is easy to see why he is called America s storyteller As the title suggests this novel focuses on the pivotal year of 1776 It is the story of both the British and the Americans, the events that took place and the major players in these events.On the British side there is King George III, General William Howe, General Henry Clinton, General Charles Cornwallis, and others At the time Britain was probably the mightiest nati [...]
This book was fascinating and compelling, told in an informative style that makes the reader feel present at the events themselves as is characteristic of McCullough As a longtime Civil War enthusiast, I found I knew very little regarding the American Revolution, so this book proved to be a treasure trove of interesting facts The realism with which Washington is described, in both strengths and weaknesses, is a welcome contrast to the near reverence seen in other texts 1776 allows us to see a ma [...]
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 [...]
This was good And well researched And informative But not particularly earth shattering or compelling the author spent a lot of time on motives, reasons, causes, and basically what COULD HAVE happened if x, y, and z would have gone differently This expository information definitely gave the book depth, but it also made events drag a little Still, WOW The amount of research required to write something like this blows my mind The book seems long, but the last 100ish pages are source notes haha An [...]
McCullough does it again His fascinating narrative about the trial and tribulations as Washington s troops suffer from the weather and defeats by the most powerful army in the world and still win is truly inspiring.
4.5 stars David McCullough does it again This is an excellent, entertaining and engaging description of one of the pivotal years in American History Beginning with the early American victory at the Siege of Boston, McCullough details the disastrous results for the Americans at a series of battles to follow most notably the Battle of Long Island and the taking of Fort Washington and Fort Lee McCullough makes it clear that the American cause was on the point of collapse when, in December 1776, Was [...]
Being a fan of the TV series TURN Washington s Spies, I had a particular interest in this book Also, David McCullough is a magnificent author I listened to the audio book and McCullough also read the book in which he also is quite talented.The year 1776 was a very pivotal year in the American Revolution On July 4th every year, we celebrate the Declaration of Independence It was also year that did not go particularly well for General George Washington The year 1776 marked the year Great Britain a [...]
McCullough deserves kudos for making a comprehensive story of one long ago year s unfolding drama fresh and compelling The myriad military personalities come to life and the details of the trials and victories of this ragtag rebel army made this memorable as well as fascinating to read I ll be reading of McCullough s work.
This review could just be the reader, not the content The audiobook was very boring and I felt myself getting easily distracted and stop paying attention The book version may work better, if you re thinking of giving this one a try.
Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages General George WashingtonI m ashamed to say that, despite even the meager teaching I received in grade and high school, my knowledge of the Revolutionary War period is still rather slim I know the notable names, the dates, and general locations certain battles were fought, but know nothing of the details, the inspirations, or the specifics regarding motivating factors The true political landscape of the time completely escapes me, much to my [...]
1776 details the events of George Washington and his officers from the summer of 1775 through January of 1777 The book is written in what I find to be a nauseating and anti intellectual best seller style, heavy on quotes and light on insight.The entire book relies on unnecessary quotations from source material, and 95% of the book is comprised of adjectives describing sensorium If you want descriptions of how the Potomac smelled one morning, or how Washington s buttons on a coat shined in the su [...]
I enjoyed immensely McCullough s John Adams, even though it took me a month or so to read, so look forward to 1776 I was not disappointed.The book is a short one, and covers a topic I thought I knew well Surely this material has been plowed through so thoroughly, there is nothing new to unearth I was wrong The book read with a raw novelty, as though I was reading about events for the first time, the shadows of which are often Disney fied for social studies and history classes.I learned how rag t [...]
Oh, why did I put this book down for so long I forgot what a wonderful writer David McCullough is Especially in these last few pages he was making the revolution come alive to me.Of course, it did help that it had gotten to where Washington crosses the Delaware and routs the drunken Hessians by Trenton Per McCullough, the Hessians weren t really drunk Just another urban legend, I guess I had friends who lived in Yardley, PA, right by Washington s Crossing, which, I presume, is the then McKonkey [...]
McCullough could write about the history of indoor plumbing practices and I d still be enraptured He s that effective and engrossing as a historical writer This work provides a one year snapshot of the American Revolution focusing a majority of text on military strategy and key players for both the Continental Army and British , and aside from the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it really wasn t the greatest of years for the Americans from a military perspective But the spirit of the [...]
Trust David McCullough to make a story you have heard many times still thrilling.
The musical was better No, I m kidding although I am one of 23 people on this planet to actually likes the B way show No excuse for the other planets I want David McCullough to be my grandfather, sit near a fireplace, smoke a pipe and tell me stories I don t care about what just talk.I like his not so stuffy writing style I always have In 1776 he continues making historical figures and events accessible and even entertaining His research is as far as I know impeccable And thar be the problem mat [...]