1776

1776

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 In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washing...

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Title:1776
Author:David McCullough
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Genres:History
ISBN:1776
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:386 pages pages

1776 Reviews

  • Diane
    Jul 24, 2007
    There wasn't a shelf for "Books I tried to read, and then failed at." So this one wound up on the "Read" shelf, even though that's a lie - I only suffered through about a 1/3 of it. 1776 bored the living shit out of me. I'm sure this makes me a bad person, moves me out of the running f...
  • Diane
    Aug 23, 2013
    There are several reasons why I think this book is important, and it has a lot to do with the state of our schools. You've probably heard that public education in America is becoming more of a shambles each decade. I work at a college and often feel like I'm on the front lines of this ...
  • Mike
    Aug 27, 2008
    Fireworks and the Declaration of Independence are the only 2 things we normally associate with 1776. I thought I had a good outline of the war. Was I wrong, this book reveals so much that is skipped over in most history classes and books. Read this incredible story to find out the real...
  • Chrissie
    Jan 03, 2017
    This is the first book of the nine I have read by David McCullough that I have not given either a four or five star rating. Three stars is a book I like but I do not think it compares well to his other books. It isn't comprehensive enough. Why does he cover only the first year of t...
  • Kellie
    Sep 07, 2008
    I decided to read this book because it is on the best seller list and there are about 350 people who have reserved the book on line at the library. I am STILL baffled as to how many people have read and want to read this book. The book is about the Revolutionary war in the year 1776. I...
  • Nate Cooley
    Feb 07, 2008
    David McCullough has again exceeded all expectations in his latest book, "1776." Like most historical narratives, the reader often knows the ending well in advance. In "1776", every reader had to have expected that McCullough would close his book describing Washington's daring yet gall...
  • Tim Cook
    Feb 11, 2008
    This book was fascinating and compelling, told in an informative style that makes the reader feel present at the events themselves (as is characteristic of McCullough). As a longtime Civil War enthusiast, I found I knew very little regarding the American Revolution, so this book proved...
  • Ashley
    May 13, 2009
    This isn't the book I wanted to read, or was expecting to read, but it was good nonetheless. What I was expecting: 1. A book about the first full year of the American Revolution (this part was accurate). 2. Insight into the causes of the Revolution (absent almost completely). 3...
  • Stephen
    Mar 18, 2010
    4.5 stars. David McCullough does it again. This is an excellent, entertaining and engaging description of one of the "pivotal" years in American History. Beginning with the early American victory at the "Siege of Boston," McCullough details the disastrous results for the Americans at a...
  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 08, 2008
    This is an interesting book that describes in personal detail the battles of the early revolution. We see George and company in Boston, New York City, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. McCullough paints portraits of the military leaders of those campaigns, Howe primarily, and Clinton for th...
  • Chris
    Apr 17, 2015
    Trust David McCullough to make a story you have heard many times still thrilling. ...
  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008
    In 1776 David McCullough captures the importance of that year's quintessential struggle for our country. By focusing on this single year, as opposed to the entire war, McCullough is able to dissect more minutely the individual battles, turning points, specific leaders, and the resul...
  • Karla
    Mar 15, 2012
    A wonderful & amazing chronicle of the make-or-break year in the American Revolution. David McCullough's like a cozy Grandpa Historian: you just wanna sit in a circle and listen to all his stories, which is exactly the experience I had listening to the audiobook. ...
  • Jena
    Nov 19, 2013
    The most spellbinding account of history I've read so far! I could not put this book down! When I realize all that American soldiers endured during the Revolution, the situations that favored us merely by chance, and the miraculous deeds that eventually won the war for us, I am in aw...
  • Ramona
    Jan 25, 2016
    For star book for history buffs. Not a narrative, not an exciting dramatic take on the history, but the FACTS! A little dry for me, but because it is such high quality facts and so well researched I can't help but give it 4 stars. ...
  • Debra
    Dec 29, 2011
    How did a group of farmers beat the English Empire? Through blood, sweat and tears. Noted American Historian, David McCullough, beautifully tells the story of the birth of the United States of America. He takes just one year in the American Revolution to tell how both sides of the war ...
  • Lyn
    Jul 18, 2011
    Pulitzer prizes are sexy! This chronicles Washington's army from just after Bunker Hill to the dramatic crossing of the Delaware and his Christmas attack of the Hessians at Trenton. Well researched and superbly written, very entertaining. McCullough paints a vivid portrait of le...
  • Connie
    Feb 11, 2018
    "1776" is an interesting narrative covering the Revolutionary War from the Siege of Boston in late 1775, through the British victories in New York, to the successful American battles in windy, snowy weather in New Jersey. The war did not end until 1783, so this book only covers the his...
  • Tony
    Jul 02, 2018
    The American Revolution is yet another period about which I know embarrassingly little. And on reflection David McCullough?s book was probably not the best place to start. It?s well written, 70 pages of notes and bibliography say it?s well researched, and although it feels quite ...
  • Josh
    Feb 10, 2017
    McCullough?s ?1776? is a book about discovery: the force within oneself, one body of people, to be free without the anxiety of what it means to govern themselves independently. Democracy was what they yearned for. The majority of the American people wanted to unite and unite ...
  • Barnabas Piper
    Mar 15, 2018
    History is eminently fascinating but often sin written as such. Not a problem for McCullough. He novelizes history as well as anyone, but without sensationalizing. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative read. ...
  • Trudy Brasure
    Aug 27, 2017
    McCullough deserves kudos for making a comprehensive story of one long-ago year's unfolding drama fresh and compelling. The myriad military personalities come to life and the details of the trials and victories of this ragtag rebel army made this memorable as well as fascinating to rea...
  • Eric
    Apr 20, 2016
    Being a fan of the TV series TURN: Washington's Spies, I had a particular interest in this book. Also, David McCullough is a magnificent author. I listened to the audio book and McCullough also read the book in which he also is quite talented. The year 1776 was a very pivotal year i...
  • Alissa Patrick
    Feb 27, 2017
    This review could just be the reader, not the content. The audiobook was very boring and I felt myself getting easily distracted and stop paying attention. The book version may work better, if you're thinking of giving this one a try. ...
  • Duane
    Jul 31, 2015
    I listened to this on audio-book, although I do have a hard back copy in my library. David McCollough's distinct voice, which makes his speeches so enjoyable, also makes him the perfect candidate to read his own books. His is the recognizable voice from the 90's as the narrator of Ken ...
  • Jim
    Feb 02, 2016
    I have read several of David McCullough's books including John Adams and it is easy to see why he is called "America's storyteller". As the title suggests this novel focuses on the pivotal year of 1776. It is the story of both the British and the Americans, the events that took place a...
  • Sarah
    Apr 22, 2018
    Technically I didn't actually read this for school, but it's so clearly written and informative that I'm putting it there. David McCullough employs a lucid style in this book, detailed without being ornate, that conveys a lot of information in a short amount of pages. He's even-han...
  • Alexw
    Jul 25, 2017
    McCullough does it again !! His fascinating narrative about the trial and tribulations as Washington's troops suffer from the weather and defeats by the most powerful army in the world and still win is truly inspiring. ...
  • Joy D
    Apr 22, 2018
    Non-fiction history of the year 1776, a pivotal year in the American Revolution. McCullough focuses on the prominent leaders, both British and American, and we get a good idea of their strengths and weaknesses. It contains descriptions of each military target, the strategic objectives,...
  • JonathanT
    Feb 21, 2018
    This was good! And well-researched! And informative! But not particularly earth-shattering or compelling... the author spent a lot of time on motives, reasons, causes, and basically what COULD HAVE happened if x, y, and z would have gone differently. This expository information definit...