David McCullough
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.     At the center of the drama, with Washington, are two young American patriots, who, at first, knew no more of war than what they had read in books—Nathanael Greene, a Quaker who was made a general at thirty-three, and Henry Knox, a twenty-five-year-old bookseller who had the preposterous idea of hauling the guns of Fort Ticonderoga overland to Boston in the dead of winter.      But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost—Washington, who had never before led an army in battle. 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.


Reviewed: 2022-01-05
Reviewed: 2020-11-07
This book was a revealing read about not only the year our country declared its independence, but also about Washington himself. Most of us are taught that Washington was a brilliant leader who led this country to independence and formed our government, but McCullough shows us that Washington made his share of his mistakes. He lacked experience and was forced to learn as he went at the cost of almost being completely defeated during that first year. More than the description of the battles and historic events, it was the insight into Washington's character and that of his generals which made this an interesting read.
Reviewed: 2019-01-24
Good book.
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