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1776

By David McCullough

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Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
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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."

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..".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 "A master story-teller's character driven account of a storied year in the American Revolution. A sterling account." -- Kirkus, Starred Review "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. ...Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review ."..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" .,."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"

EAN: 9780743226714
ISBN: 0743226712
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions: 24.28 x 16.56 x 3.68 centimetres (0.47 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This was a really good book - the author does a great job of telling us the events of that momentous year, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. I really enjoyed reading this book, and wish it was around back when I had to take American History in school. All the main characters of the period are introduced with good character sketches, and there are also accounts from some of the 'little people' involved in these events. Highly recommend this - my only disappointment was that it only covers the year 1776 itself (as well as early January 1777). I wish it had covered the entire Revolutionary War up until 1783. Perhaps McCullough is working on this next? We can only hope.

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