Seventeen Seventy-six

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Simon and Schuster, May 24, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 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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User Review  - Lexie - Goodreads

A decent amount of info for how short/long the book is. This is a good overview, a good starter into more. The author is very factual and unbiased and tells both side's motives, etc. I feel this is a good place to start for someone wanting to study American history. Read full review

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User Review  - Bridget Lawrence - Goodreads

completely enjoyable read, gripping and exciting even though you know who will win eventually ;) I suppose I learned this in school but had forgotten most of it, except for the iconic image of Washington and his army crossing the Delaware. Read full review

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Contents

The Siege
Rabble in Arms
Dorchester Heights
Fateful Summer
Field of Battle
The Long Retreat
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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David McCullough (1933-2022) twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, 1776, The Greater Journey, The American Spirit, The Wright Brothers, and The Pioneers. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. Visit DavidMcCullough.com.

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