ktardis, November 4, 2014 (view all comments by ktardis)
Amazing book! I think this is great for history buffs, but also those less knowledgeable on the subject (it is very accessible). David McCullough really is the best living writer on American History!
Alan Plum, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by Alan Plum)
I loved this book. McCullough may be our greatest story teller in the realm of history; and his output is amazing. H writes with a blend of careful research and adventure tales, with a hefty dose of characterizations. I loved the detail and anecdotes he used to enliven his story, and anyone interested in American History couldn't go wrong by getting hold of this book.
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EndoBrendo, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by EndoBrendo)
McCullough gives us the straight dope about Washington, including his mistake in trying to save New York from the British even though America hadn't any naval power -- a futile proposition, as his generals told him when they first arrived after Washington's victory in Boston. Washington appears in this book as a real person, not the flawless hero he's been enshrined as in popular history, and it makes the narrative all the better.
My only regret is that the book wasn't longer -- you'll feel the same way.
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stephtd, January 6, 2007 (view all comments by stephtd)
I usually have a hard time following battles and scenes, but Mr. McCullough brings the Revolution to life. I found the portrayal of George Washington, as a human being, with imperfections and weaknesses, but with the quality of Perseverance particularly applicable to my life and helpful to my understanding the heritage of the founding of this country. The newness of such a thing, breaking away from a monarch, choosing to join together as a nation, making a conscious decision to be a nation - in all likelihood the founders were the first people on earth to do so, blew me away. SOmetimes Patriotism is just Jingoism in costume, but when you read what these men and women did it is truly stirring.
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Simon & Schuster -
by Ann E.,
Staying in the territory of his acclaimed epic biography John Adams, David McCullough follows George Washington and the Continental Army through the tumultuous first year of war. An exceptional narrative historian, McCullough vividly examines the characters and larger political and social developments that propelled the Revolution to produce a captivating, utterly readable portrait of the fight for independence.
by Ann E.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Bestselling historian and two-time Pulitzer winner McCullough follows up John Adams by staying with America's founding, focusing on a year rather than an individual: a momentous 12 months in the fight for independence. How did a group of ragtag farmers defeat the world's greatest empire? As McCullough vividly shows, they did it with a great deal of suffering, determination, ingenuity — and, the author notes, luck.Although brief by McCullough's standards, this is a narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research and detailed, graceful prose. Throughout, McCullough deftly captures both sides of the conflict. The British commander, Lord General Howe, perhaps not fully accepting that the rebellion could succeed, underestimated the Americans' ingenuity. In turn, the outclassed Americans used the cover of night, surprise and an abiding hunger for victory to astonishing effect. Henry Knox, for example, trekked 300 miles each way over harsh winter terrain to bring 120,000 pounds of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston, enabling the Americans, in a stealthy nighttime advance, to seize Dorchester Heights, thus winning the whole city.Luck, McCullough writes, also played into the American cause — a vicious winter storm, for example, stalled a British counterattack at Boston, and twice Washington staged improbable, daring escapes when the war could have been lost. Similarly, McCullough says, the cruel northeaster in which Washington's troops famously crossed the Delaware was both 'a blessing and a curse.' McCullough keenly renders the harshness of the elements, the rampant disease and the constant supply shortfalls, from gunpowder to food, that affected morale on both sides — and it certainly didn't help the British that it took six weeks to relay news to and from London. Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners. Agent, Morton Janklow. 1,250,000 first printing; BOMC and History Book Club main selections; Literary Guild and QPB featured alternates; 18-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by New York Times,
"[A] lucid and lively work that will engage both Revolutionary War bores and general readers who have avoided the subject since their school days."
by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
"In 1776, his dramatic recounting of the critical year in the American Revolution, historian David McCullough has found a way to tell American history's untellable story....1776 will surely be, and deservedly, one of this year's best-selling books."
by Washington Post,
"David McCullough, America's most celebrated popular historian, has done it again — written another engaging work of narrative history."
by Wall Street Journal,
"[A] short but highly engaging study."
"What McCullough has done here...is to take not just a piece of history but a well-traveled piece of history and render it anew."
by Philadelphia Inquirer,
"[A] classic — brilliantly written, scrupulously researched, tremendously informative and endlessly entertaining....With 1776, David McCullough has added another masterwork to his collection, one that is both informative and inspiring."
by Boston Globe,
"[F]luent and engaging....McCullough's brilliant work is a model for us all. In his unrivaled mastery of one part of the historian's task, we are all his students."
by Denver Post,
"One of the most compelling nonfiction works McCullough has written and should be required reading in living rooms from coast to coast."
by Providence Journal,
"McCullough employs his formidable talent for narrative without unnecessarily repeating what has already been said many times."
by Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times,
"[A] gripping read: readable, even thrilling popular history, and a graphic reminder of the parlous circumstances that attended the birth of this nation."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"Though there is nary a dull moment in this breezy book, 1776 amounts to a deeply unsatisfying account of both a fascinating man and a pivotal historical moment....[A] deliciously readable book that leaves you famished for philosophical context. (Grade: B-)"
Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Truman and John Adams, McCullough returns with the story of the Revolutionary War — a book certain to be another landmark in the literature of American history.
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