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1776 [Videorecording] by David McCullough

1776 [Videorecording]

by David McCullough

Other authors: Howard Da Silva (Actor), William Daniels (Actor), Ken Howard (Actor), Donald Madden (Actor)

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"1776" by David McCullough is essentially a military history of the first part of the American Revolutionary War: namely, the events that took place in the year 1776. The book heavily emphasizes troop movements, battles, strategy, and the actions of top generals- especially George Washington. In this way, it bears some resemblance to Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August."

I was a little disappointed in the book's incompleteness. The Revolutionary War lasted about seven years, and this book covers a span of less than one year. Furthermore, the book's sole focus on military matters makes it hard to get a sense of what life was like for anyone who wasn't a soldier or general. One example of an author who did a better job providing comprehensive political and military coverage of an important conflict was William Shirer with his "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich."

Nonetheless, "1776" does a great job covering its specific niche. The book is interesting, readable, and frequently quotes the correspondence of real people involved in the events, giving a sense of immediacy and credibility to the work. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in the military history of the early Revolutionary War. ( )
  jrissman | Nov 19, 2015 |
1776 by David McCullough follows George Washington's renowned military campaign from its under-resourced start in late 1775 through to his victorious surprise attack on Trenton the following year (aka Crossing the Delaware). Details such as what military life was life for both the rebels and the British, the changing mood throughout the colonies, and a mini biography of Washington are what make up McCullough's chronological account.

David McCullough's scholarship is compelling even though I've only read this one work of his. My impression is that 1776 could have been more riveting given that this isn't some watered-down version of the Revolutionary War. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Sep 14, 2015 |
An interesting look at the major events of 1776 in the conflict between Great Britain and the American colonies. McCullough covers the siege of Boston, the Battle of Brooklyn, and the Battle of Trenton, as well as some other minor happenings. It's a good overview, if a little dry in parts, and the insight into George Washington as a leader at the start of the conflict was interesting. I'm glad I read it, and I learned a lot, but I had expected it to be a bit "livelier." ( )
  katiekrug | Jul 24, 2015 |
McCullough. Need I say more? ( )
  Scarchin | Feb 25, 2015 |
Esteemed historian David McCullough covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776 with characteristic insight and a gripping narrative, adding new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution. It was a turbulent and confusing time. As British and American politicians struggled to reach a compromise, events on the ground escalated until war was inevitable. McCullough writes vividly about the dismal conditions ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 22, 2015 |
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In his exhaustively researched and highly accessible new book, "1776," best-selling historian David McCullough (two-time Pulitzer winner for "John Adams" and "Truman") follows the Continental Army through a single, fateful year, one filled with surprise victories, stunning reversals, perilous midnight retreats and pure, grind-it-out perseverance. It's a story filled with drama, and McCullough shows himself once again to be among our nation's great storytellers.
In his new book, ''1776,'' David McCullough brings to bear on this momentous year the narrative gifts he's demonstrated in such absorbing histories as ''The Great Bridge'' and ''The Path Between the Seas.'' As a history of the American Revolution, it is an oddly truncated volume: pivotal developments leading to the revolution like the Stamp Act, which happen to fall outside the perimeters of Mr. McCullough's rigid time frame, are not examined, and subsequent installments of the war (which would continue on after the Trenton-Princeton campaign for another half-dozen harrowing years) are ignored as well.

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Perserverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages. -General George Washington
For Rosalee Barnes McCullough
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"On the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 1775, His Royal Majesty George III, King of England, rode in royal splendor from St. James's Palace to the Palace of Westminster, there to address the opening of Parliament on the increasingly distressing issue of war in America."
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http://lccn.loc.gov/2005042505 . Please distinguish between this original David McCullough work, 1776, and the 2007 abridgment, 1776: The Illustrated Edition. Thank you.
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David MCullough brings this monumental period in American history to life - I can't put this book down! Having grown up in Boston and now living in New York, Mr. McCullough's use of quotes and writings brings me even closer to the places I've called home.
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Esteemed historian David McCullough covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776 with characteristic insight and a gripping narrative, adding new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution. It was a turbulent and confusing time. As British and American politicians struggled to reach a compromise, events on the ground escalated until war was inevitable. McCullough writes vividly about the dismal conditions that troops on both sides had to endure, including an unusually harsh winter, and the role that luck and the whims of the weather played in helping the colonial forces hold off the world's greatest army. He also effectively explores the importance of motivation and troop morale--a tie was as good as a win to the Americans, while anything short of overwhelming victory was disheartening to the British, who expected a swift end to the war. The redcoat retreat from Boston, for example, was particularly humiliating for the British, while the minor American victory at Trenton was magnified despite its limited strategic importance.

Some of the strongest passages in 1776 are the revealing and well-rounded portraits of the Georges on both sides of the Atlantic. King George III, so often portrayed as a bumbling, arrogant fool, is given a more thoughtful treatment by McCullough, who shows that the king considered the colonists to be petulant subjects without legitimate grievances--an attitude that led him to underestimate the will and capabilities of the Americans. At times he seems shocked that war was even necessary. The great Washington lives up to his considerable reputation in these pages, and McCullough relies on private correspondence to balance the man and the myth, revealing how deeply concerned Washington was about the Americans' chances for victory, despite his public optimism. Perhaps more than any other man, he realized how fortunate they were to merely survive the year, and he willingly lays the responsibility for their good fortune in the hands of God rather than his own. Enthralling and superbly written, 1776 is the work of a master historian. --Shawn Carkonen

The Other 1776

With his riveting, enlightening accounts of subjects from Johnstown Flood to John Adams, David McCullough has become the historian that Americans look to most to tell us our own story. In his Amazon.com interview, McCullough explains why he turned in his new book from the political battles of the Revolution to the battles on the ground, and he marvels at some of his favorite young citizen soldiers who fought alongside the remarkable General Washington.

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Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 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 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. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost -- Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.… (more)

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