1776

1776

Large Print - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780786276233
0786276231
Characteristics: 757 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Seventeen seventy-six

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ARamGwinnett Jul 23, 2017

This is a fantastic account of the struggle to achieve independence. McCullough has done a great job of providing information in a descriptive but interesting way.

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tjdickey
May 13, 2017

From an extremely well-respected American historian, an in-depth but highly readable account of the pendulum swings in fortune through the first year of the American War for Independence. All of the opportunities for disaster keep me on the edge of my seat...

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xiaojunbpl12
May 25, 2016

Surprisingly I found navigating the battle scenes exhilarating, familiarity with each location also helped.

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rpavlacic
Feb 28, 2016

A surprisingly balanced account of America's year of independence, telling the story of the fields of battle from both sides of the engagement. It is hard to conceive after reading this book just how many opportunities were lost by the rebellion during that fateful year, and how many soldiers just gave up or defected to the Loyalist cause - and were it not for Washington's gamble of crossing the Delaware to retake Trenton, New Jersey, the entire war would have been lost. I have already read several of David McCullough's books and I want to read more.

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danielestes
Sep 14, 2015

1776 by David McCullough follows George Washington's renowned military campaign from its under-resourced start in late 1775 through to his victorious surprise attack on Trenton the following year (aka Crossing the Delaware). Details such as what military life was life for both the rebels and the British, the changing mood throughout the colonies, and a mini biography of Washington are what make up McCullough's chronological account.

David McCullough's scholarship is compelling even though I've only read this one work of his. My impression is that 1776 could have been more riveting given that this isn't some watered-down version of the Revolutionary War.

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deb56
Jul 28, 2015

Very interesting and insightful. I love how the.book flows it isn't a.boring.history book at all

juleebee Jun 26, 2015

One thing about this book stands out for me: the fully drawn portrait of George Washington as a man, a human being. Through McCullough's book, he was truly approaching a human level in my mind, not so much myth and mystery, as he is often portrayed in tradition historic works. A tremendous, fascinating, wholly absorbing book. I was disappointed when I reached the end, I wanted to read further!

Corey G Brooks May 29, 2015

"To win this war we [sic] must trust in God."

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HELEN M. ZSUTTY
Apr 28, 2011

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.

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zipread
Mar 14, 2011

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.

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

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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