I initially chose this book because I like history, but it has turned out to be an even more fascinating portrayal of the period than I expected. It provides a personal look at the American Revolution through papers, diaries, letters, and speeches. Read more...
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I initially chose this book because I like history, but it has turned out to be an even more fascinating portrayal of the period than I expected. It provides a personal look at the American Revolution through papers, diaries, letters, and speeches.
Judith Hirsch, Associate
A lot of hype surrounded this title's release, so I decided to read it. It's a great way to learn our country's history all over again. David McCullough has a way of relating history without boring you. I can't put this book down.
Rick Clayton, General Manager
"I enjoy history and had been told that this is an excellent read. I would recommend it because of the in-depth research. Also, it reads like a novel, capturing your attention and keeping it. "
Keith Weaver, Associate
"I love reading history. David McCullough is a superb writer and makes the legendary figures of history come alive. When we read his books, we understand their struggles, their vision and their humanity in a very special way."
Mary Higgins Clark, Bestselling Author
1776 is the story of the Revolutionary War during the nations tumultuous beginning, and those who, at great sacrifice, fought for what we assume to be our rightful heritage and precious ideals.
It is the story of two Georges: King George III of England and George Washington, the tall Virginian who led the ragtag American army, each man a patriot in his way, each with his own strengths and limitations. It is the story of the extraordinary, young Yankee general, Nathaniel Greene, and the aristocratic British Howe, of men in the ranks in both armies, soldiers wives, camp followers plain and fancy, and innocent bystanders.
Drawn from voluminous correspondence and more than fifty diaries, the book begins with the siege of Boston, an American triumph no one expected, then moves on to the calamitous American defeat at Brooklyn, the largest battle of the war, to bitter retreat across New Jersey, to the surprise victory at Trenton, one of the most unexpected, important turnabouts in history.
Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave, founding era, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.