When we learn about the Revolutionary War in school, it seems like a logical progression with democracy as the inevitable result. But when one is living in a historic time, one moment follows another, and everything could change at any time. The outcome is not sure.
McCullough writes as if the year 1776 is a work in progress. I find his style memorable and delightful. As I finished the book, I was thinking, "I don't know which side is actually going to win the war!" Although I've read a lot of American history, McCullough made me feel I was right there, looking over their shoulders, wondering what might happen next.
Even if you don't enjoy historical non-fiction, you will love this book. Written in a narrative style with quotes from historical figures mixed in. Perfect for the average reader!
This book is currently on the Best Seller list. If you are a history buff, you will enjoy it because it is so solidly researched. But it is also written in such a readable way that if you aren't actually into history, you'll enjoy it. Mccullough makes people we have heard about all our lives (like George Washington, for example) come alive. He does such a good job, I didn't want the book to end. I hope Mccullough is going to write a sequel.
For history buffs. This shows the development of events which led to, and into the Revolutionary Way. George Washington is the major character. This is non-fiction and well documented by an award winning historian/
If you're into Revolutionary War history at all, you've got to read this. McCullough has this way of writing that uses extensive citations with all the references, but it reads almost like a casual account. It's not like a boring textbook. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to GW next, even though I was already generally familiar with the battles.