1776
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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, 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 more 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 Adams, David McCullough's 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.

Title:1776
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0743226720
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:386 pages

    1776 Reviews

  • Diane
    Aug 23, 2013

    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 more of a shamble...

  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 08, 2008

    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 po...

  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008

    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 mor...

  • Nate Cooley
    Feb 07, 2008

    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...

  • Josh
    Feb 10, 2017

    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 wha...

  • Lyn
    Jul 18, 2011

    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...

  • Ashley
    May 13, 2009

    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)...

  • Kellie
    Sep 07, 2008

    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 a...

  • Chrissie
    Jan 03, 2017

    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 othe...

  • Duane
    Jul 31, 2015

    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 r...