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1776
1776
Author: David McCullough
In this stirring 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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743226714
ISBN-10: 0743226712
Publication Date: 5/24/2005
Pages: 400
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4 stars, based on 247 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 12
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.
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Helpful Score: 5
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!
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Helpful Score: 3
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/
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
I thought the book was good and easy to follow. I liked the way he writes about the year 1776 from beginning to end with letters and diaries of the men who were there.
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This nonfiction book takes a detailed look at George Washington and his new army at the beginning of the American Revolution. As I am a more frequent reader of non-fiction, it took me a few chapters to get comfortable with the author's prose. However, the author does a good job developing the characters of the major players in this history, and does not just list dates and facts. The book focuses as much on the question of "what kind of man led this army?" as on the questions of "what battles were important?" I particularly liked how researched this book is. Rather than telling us what David McCullough thinks about George Washington, the author quotes from the diaries and military reports of men and women on both sides of the conflict. I enjoyed this book, and will be looking forward to other history books by this author.
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Fantastic brief summary of a "slice" of the Revolutionary War. I was already a fan of David McCullough's work and this was excellent as per his usual. I would strongly encourage this book as an introduction to American history (his book John Adams does it much better but in a GREATLY expanded format). Great concept - the book just takes a slice of history (1776)and jumps in there to tell the story of the Revolution. It is obviously just a small part of the whole story, but a pretty darn important part. I would call this light reading (probably the only book I have ever intentionally read twice) as it is immensely readable.
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Great book. Tells the story and brings it to life in a way that only McCollough seems to pull off.

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