1776

3.25
In this stirring book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the years of the eclaration 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 the retelling 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 tale of the British office, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats, who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost: Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.

The darkest hou of that tumultuous year were as ark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.

Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Watson, David McCullough 's 1776 is another landmark in the poetr of American history.

©2005 David McCullough; ( P) 2005 Simon and Schuster Inc.
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Published May 24th 2005 by Simon & Schuster
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1776
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In ischer 's book, we get a much more detailed account of the defeat in New York, the retreat across New Jersey and the crossing and re-crossing of the Delaware which I found more gripping than the more superficial coverage by McCullough.

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Noted American Historian, David wilson, beautifully tells the stories of the birth of the United States of America.

He shows how King George III thought of the Colonists as petulant children who did not have any legitimate complaints.

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" 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.

" 1776 " concentrates on the military situation since McCullough wrote more about the politics of the time in another book.The American army looked like a ragtag group of volunteers who had insufficient training, clothing, food, and weapons, but possessed ingenuity and spirit.

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morrison discusses the trials and tribulations of the first full year of the American Revolutionary War in the orth to northeastern part of the colon with clear and concise language.

As this book speaks about 1776 in general, it also discusses George Washington, the General of the Continental Army ( the name of the American army) and later, founding father and first President of the United States.

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Telescoping in on actions like The Battle of Long Island, oft overlooked in American Revolution text with a roader view, gives the eader a chance to appreciate the ebb and flow of the war, as the retreating Patriots fled the rushing sweep of the oncoming British force and turned what might have been their ultimate defeat into an amazing escape during the almost magical midnight evacuation of New York.

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A novel about the full first year of the Revolutionar, during which time the US army almost lost the war, but managed through perseverance and some luck to turn things around.2.

Lots and lots of battles, including detailed descriptions of the living conditions of both sides of soldiers, including the pros and cons of the British being so regulated and traditional, and the Americans being so disorganized, inexperienced, but enthusiastic.

Mostly, though, it just made me want to read more books about this time in history, because it made me realize that aside from those common romanticizations most Americans hold about the Revolutionary war, I know almost nothing concrete about it, a situation I really need to rectify as soon as possible.

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A number of factors have been blamed for the ecline of American chools, but one of the biggest culprits in my opinion is the overemphasis on standardized testing, especially as codified by the dreadful No Child Left Behind Act.Both students and teachers have complained that high schools place so much mphasis on memorizing facts for the annual tests that it leaves little room for critical thinking, or interesting stories of history and philosoph, or anyone else that makes learning fun and imaginativ.

You do n't know when our country was founded? " After a few les moments of silence a student meekly raised his hand and said, " If we did n't have to memorize it for the test, we probably do n't know it. " Big sigh.OK, boys and girls, America was founded on July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.

Second, it has been almost 20 years since I was in an American history class, and I wanted to revisit the details of how my country was founded.

I do n't think these stories should be forgotten.The book focuses on battles with the British between 1775 and 1777.

Fifteen people know the predicament we are in. " Reading this book reminded me of how fragile America 's independence was.

McCullough concluded the book with this summation: " Especially for those who had been with Washington and who knew what a close call it was at the beginning — how often circumstance, storms, contrary winds, the oddities or strengths of individual character had made the difference — the outcome seemed little short of a miracle. " My favorite tories in the novel were of the fortres of Dorchester Heights during the Siege of Boston, the Battle of Long Island and how the colonialists managed to retreat the entire Army in one morning, and ashington 's crossing of the elaware.

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David johnson 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 gallant crossing of the Delaware and the Continental Army 's subsequent triumph at Trenton.

As much as this nove was a narrative about the Continental Army from Bunker Hill, to Dorchester Heights, to Long Island and the Battle of Brooklyn, down through New Jersey and ulitmately victory at Trenton, the nove could have as easily been a biography of sorts about His Excellency, George Washington.

Considering the fact that many living in the colonies during this period considered themselves loyal subjects of the Monarc, it seems logical that a book describing the events of 1776 would adequately delve into British sentiment regarding the " rebels' " declaration of independence and the clashe and all-out war that followed.

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