McCullough, David G.

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005
ISBN: 0743226712
Branch Call Number: 973.3 M133s 2005
Characteristics: 386 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: Seventeen seventy-six


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Chronicles the American Revolution during the year 1776, examining the leadership of George Washington and British commander William Howe and the experiences of American and British troops.

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, including foremost, George Washington.

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Oct 15, 2011
  • Reeltime rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent summary of history I knew nothing of - some battles (maybe most) are not very heroic as such - just teh people and their committment - quite amazing that Washington ever succeeded - epic slog and huge retreats to ultimate victory - at times Congress just not there to assist at all

Apr 28, 2011
  • HELEN M. ZSUTTY rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this so much. Even though we know about the crossing of The Delaware on Christmas Day evening, 1776, it was heartbreaking to realize that these men who were practically starving with little or no warm clothes would fight so bravely.

Was also interesting to read about the "British" side of events.

I'm looking forward to reading other books by this author.

Mar 14, 2011
  • zipread rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very insightful book, Did you know, that probably most people showed up mellow or worse by the time they got to work.?Sounds better than getting there caffinated.
McCullough writes well and goes to prove that rea, history need not be dull.

Mar 13, 2011
  • pkirk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

1776, tells the story of the most seminal year in U.S. History – the year of the Declaration of Independence. The book does not focus on that event but Mr McCullough casts his eye on the nearly disastrous campaign of that year. We follow George Washington from his great success at Boston and then the the series of lost battles in and around New York City.

Washington had a lot of trouble that year. Short enlistments meant his army melted away and he was always trying to get reinforcements. They fought a war against a strong, well equipped army bolstered by its mercenary army of Hessians. A ragtag army of farmers, tradesmen and professional men stood up to this powerful force with few weapons, little training and little or no pay. Surrounded by a hostile populace of Loyalists and a congress at Philadelphia that ran away when the going got tough most likely drove Washington to distraction but his strength of character and his faith in certain of his generals and the cause they were engaged in was rewarded as the year drew to a close. After a great victory at Boston, the rebel forces faced defeats in and around New York as they were beset by an overwhelming force of British Troops and mercenary Hessians. But never wavering in his conviction of the justice of their cause, Washington overcame the reverses he encountered to score, at the end of the year, two great victories at Trenton and then Princeton New Jersey. These victories put pay to the British government’s contention that the war in America was over.

This is a beautifully written book. Mr McCullough makes you feel as if you are there witnessing the events he describes with lengthy quotes from contemporary diaries, letters and newspapers. He tells a tale of betrayal, non-confidence yet balanced by Washington’s belief in his cause and his humanity.

Feb 13, 2011
  • franknjoe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Wish he would write the rest of the story too. Anyone know some other good books on this topic?

Nov 26, 2010
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

McCullough at his finest, telling the story of the pivotal year in American history....


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Dec 16, 2010
  • notTom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

1776, one of the most pivotal years in the history of the United States, is documented by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough in an extremely readable narrative. Drawing upon vast amounts of American and British documents, he
presents a well-researched account of the fledgling Continental Army fighting for its very existence against the experienced British Redcoats, and delivers a riveting portrayal of the key personalities involved. This is the story of the darkest hours of the American Revolution, and how a nation was forged by sheer determination and not much else.


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