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1776

by David McCullough

Simon & Schuster | May 24, 2005 | Hardcover

1776 is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.
America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.

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, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.3 in

Published: May 24, 2005

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743226712

ISBN - 13: 9780743226714

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terse and Lucid... To begin, then, at the end: “The outcome seemed little short of a miracle.” David McCullough, one of America’s most famous and lucid historians, has written a splendid history of a crucial year in history of not only America, but the world. Today many Americans tend to be rather jingoistic of this year, imperishable from the pages of history. Yet McCullough wonderfully makes a very persuasive case and tells a remarkably human story of the difficulty – indeed impossibility – of the outcome. Many Americans, indeed the British, forget that at the beginning the rebels had lost four battles: Brooklyn, Kips Bay, White Plains, and Fort Washington. (And they had “cowardly” left Fort Lee without a fight.) The situation seemed so dense and outcome so different that even Joseph Reed and General Lee had lost faith in the commanding yet salient personality of George Washington. McCullough, though a quintessentially American gentleman, must be applauded for not writing a chauvinistic history, where the British are stereotypically depicted as cruel masters and Americans, fighting for the freedom against the treacherous Crown. This remarkable historian writes – indeed illustrated – a story of human beings. He vindicates that leaders and generals were also ordinary men; hence, prone to the same infallibilities and ambition and avarice.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing. Being a fan of David McCullough's works, I looked with anticipation to enjoying his insightful take on history that was so enjoyable in wonderful works like John Adams and Truman. This new offering 1776 is a major diappointment. Hard to follow at times and without many of the inside details of prominent players, it read more like a sunday supplement peice. What the reader doesn't realize, because the jacket misleads here, is that this is not a history of the revolutionary war. It is a narrative of the intial year in the war. This leaves the reader hanging at the end but having sloughed through this tepid edition, the end was welcome nonetheless.
Date published: 2007-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterful A simply astonishing book. The breadth of knowledge, compelling research and writing is unbelievable. Mccullough focuses on just the one year, 1776, and provides a stunning narrative of the crucial battles and moments that led to the creation of America. Anyone interested in the history of America will be blown away by this masterpiece.
Date published: 2006-12-30

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1776

by David McCullough

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.3 in

Published: May 24, 2005

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743226712

ISBN - 13: 9780743226714

About the Book

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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Chapter One: Sovereign Duty God save Great George our King, Long live our noble King, God save the King! Send him victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign o''er us; God save the King! On the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 1775, His Royal Majesty George III, King of England, rode in royal splendor from St. James''s Palace to the Palace of Westminster, there to address the opening of Parliament on the increasingly distressing issue of war in America. The day was cool, but clear skies and sunshine, a rarity in London, brightened everything, and the royal cavalcade, spruced and polished, shone to perfection. In an age that had given England such rousing patriotic songs as "God Save the King" and "Rule Britannia," in a nation that adored ritual and gorgeous pageantry, it was a scene hardly to be improved upon. An estimated 60,000 people had turned out. They lined the whole route through St. James''s Park. At Westminster people were packed solid, many having stood since morning, hoping for a glimpse of the King or some of the notables of Parliament. So great was the crush that latecomers had difficulty seeing much of anything. One of the many Americans then in London, a Massachusetts Loyalist named Samuel Curwen, found the "mob" outside the door to the House of Lords too much to bear and returned to his lodgings. It was his second failed attempt to see the King. The time before, His Majesty had been passing by in a sedan chair near St. James''s, but reading a newspaper so
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Table of Contents

Contents

Part I: The Siege

Chapter One: Sovereign Duty

Chapter Two: Rabble in Arms

Chapter Three: Dorchester Heights

Part II: Fateful Summer

Chapter Four: The Lines Are Drawn

Chapter Five: Field of Battle

Part III: The Long Retreat

Chapter Six: Fortune Frowns

Chapter Seven: Darkest Hour

Acknowledgments

Source Notes

Bibliography

Index

From the Publisher

America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.

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, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.

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.

About the Author

David McCullough is a writer, historian, lecturer, & teacher. He has received the Pulitzer Prize for "Truman", as well as the Francis Parkman Prize, & the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award. He is also a two-time winner of the National Book Award, for history & for biography. He lives in Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

"...McCullough brilliantly captures the Spirit of ''76 in Washington''s miraculous victories at Trenton and Princeton. An altogether marvelous contribution that deserves to be read by every American."
-- Library Journal
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