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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.… (mehr)
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As the title indicates, this thoroughly researched book by David McCullough covers the events of 1776, including the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War. McCullough goes into painstaking detail to describe the perspectives and experiences of those who participated in those events, with a particular focus on George Washington and those who served with him.

In telling those stories, McCullough does not shy away from presenting critiques or the hard parts of our history. Indeed, McCullough specifically details some of the criticisms that were levied at Washington by his peers, as well as Washington’s own self-doubts and occasional indecisiveness. Yet, in the end, McCullough concludes that Washington was a truly gifted leader and that in the American victory in the Revolutionary War—beginning with Washington’s legendary crossing of the Delaware and victory in Trenton—one can see a miracle. As McCullough puts it, it was in those victories that occurred in the bleakest of times that Washington and America found themselves.

Note: this book is written from a scholarly and historian’s perspective. It is not a typical novel with page-turning type of suspense (beyond the suspense coming from history itself). If you understand that going in, you will appreciate this book far more than if you’re reading it solely to be entertained. ( )
  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
This is a good, well-researched book, but a little too heavy on the battle details to keep me fully engaged. ( )
  AngelClaw | Aug 2, 2021 |
Okay, so I can’t remember the exact date I finished this, but this was a fantastic book.
Before, I hadn’t really been interested in reading and learning more about US history since I live in the US and had basically gotten my country’s “great” history pounded into my brain. Because of this, a part of me would rather have watched documentaries about US history than read books about it.
McCullough got me interested in reading about US history (rather than watching documentaries.
He does a fantastic job at bringing to life the many players in the Revolutionary War, and he also does an amazing job at making each side - the colonies and England - more human than what we’ve made them out to be in history classes. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
nonfiction; history--the first year of the revolutionary war, in which George Washington leads a bunch of retreats before eventually turning the war around in its favor (thanks to a lot of luck, and the winter dormancy of the British troops) so that the American cause doesn't get abandoned completely. McCullough is renowned for his accessible narratives (though not quite as accessible than, say, Erik Larson), though if you are hoping to read about notable females, you'd better look elsewhere (there are a couple given short mention, but for the most part women are either classed as dutiful wives or written off as immoral prostitutes). Otherwise, would definitely recommend for history buffs. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
McCullough takes you on the roller coaster ride of 1776, showing how small decisions and contingencies add up to create one of the turning points in history. He paints a compelling pictures of the naive hopes and disappointments from the militiamen, the frustrations of Gen. Washington, and the obliviousness of the British. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |

In his exhaustively researched and highly accessible new book, "1776," best-selling historian David McCullough (two-time Pulitzer winner for "John Adams" and "Truman") follows the Continental Army through a single, fateful year, one filled with surprise victories, stunning reversals, perilous midnight retreats and pure, grind-it-out perseverance. It's a story filled with drama, and McCullough shows himself once again to be among our nation's great storytellers.
 
In his new book, ''1776,'' David McCullough brings to bear on this momentous year the narrative gifts he's demonstrated in such absorbing histories as ''The Great Bridge'' and ''The Path Between the Seas.'' As a history of the American Revolution, it is an oddly truncated volume: pivotal developments leading to the revolution like the Stamp Act, which happen to fall outside the perimeters of Mr. McCullough's rigid time frame, are not examined, and subsequent installments of the war (which would continue on after the Trenton-Princeton campaign for another half-dozen harrowing years) are ignored as well.
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On the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 1775, His Royal Majesty George III, King of England, rode in royal splendor from St. James's Palace to the Palace of Westminster, there to address the opening of Parliament on the increasingly distressing issue of war in America.
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http://lccn.loc.gov/2005042505 . Please distinguish among, and do not combine:

Peter H. Hunt's film, 1776 (1972);
David McCullough's complete Work, 1776 (sometimes subtitled, "American and Britain at War," 2005);
the abridged audiobook, on 5 discs (2005; there's also one or more unabridged audio); and
McCullough's abridgment, 1776: The Illustrated Edition (2007).

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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.

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