1776

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In this intriguing book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the wee of the Treat 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 tory of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and olor, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the tale of the Monarc 's wome, the British office, William Howe, an his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.

At the enter of the drama, with Washington, are two young American patriots, who, at irst, knew no more of war than what they had read in books- Nathaniel Green, 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 Wheeler, David McCullough 's 1776 is another landmark in the iterature of American history.
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Published July 4th 2006 by Simon Schuster (first published May 24th 2005
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1776
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A ook about the full first year of the Revolution, 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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In Fischer '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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anderso paints portraits of the military leaders of those campaigns, Howe primarily, and Clinton for the Brits, Greene, Knox, GW and a andful of others for the Yanks.

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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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Telescoping in on actions like The Battle of Long Island, oft overlooked in American Revolution text with a broader view, gives the reader 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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Noted American Historian, David brook, 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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