1776 by David McCullough

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America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.

In this masterful 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 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 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 King’s men, 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.

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

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David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history” and “a matchless writer.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.Mr. McCullough’s most recent book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, the #1 New York Times bestseller, has been called “dazzling,” “an epic of ideas…history to be savored.” His previous work, 1776, has been acclaimed “a classic,” while John Adams, published in 2001, remains one of the most praised and widely read American biographies of all time. More than three million copies are in print and it is presently in its eighty-second printing.In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, “As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.”Mr. McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. His work has been published in ten languages and, in all, more than 9,500,000 copies are in print. As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print.Mr. McCullough is also twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall, he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award and the National Humanities Medal. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received forty-seven honorary degrees.In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television—as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries, including Ken Burns’s The Civil War. His is also the narrator’s voice in the movie Seabiscuit.John Adams, the seven-part mini-series on HBO, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, was one of the most acclaimed and talked about television events of recent years.A gifted speaker, Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is also one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, Mr. McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he graduated with honors in English literature. He is an avid reader and traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture. He is a devoted painter as well. Mr. McCullough and his wife, Rosalee Barnes McCullough, have five children and eighteen grandchildren.
 
Published May 24, 2005 by Simon & Schuster. 400 pages
Genres: History, War, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A master storyteller's character-driven account of a storied year in the American Revolution.

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This handsome new version of McCullough's blockbuster (2.6 million copies of the original edition in print) is a visual feast. The text is abridged, but McCullough illustrates his riveting acc

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Bestselling historian and two-time Pulitzer winner McCullough follows up John Adams by staying with America's founding, focusing on a year rather than an ind

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Bestselling historian and two-time Pulitzer winner McCullough follows up John Adams by staying with America's founding, focusing on a year rather than an ind

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Revolutionaries fighting a super-power. Radicals who would be traitors if they lost. An exciting history of forming the American republic.

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Using extensive research in American and British archives, McCullough tells of the year when Washington marched towards freedom or death.

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Madeleine Brand talks with Slate columnist David Greenberg about the ongoing tension among historians over how to make history accessible without compromising the facts. The discussion comes as award-winning author David McCullough releases his latest work, 1776, detailing the military strategie...

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David McCullough tells Steve Inskeep about his new book 1776. The book chronicles the battles George Washington's army fought to win independence for America from Britain.

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Book Reporter

... 1776, by David McCullough, represents a sea change in the work of one ... The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and twice National Book Award ...

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Los Angeles Times

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1776 David McCullough Simon & Schuster: 400 pp., $32

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Christian Science Monitor

... A gripping account of 1776 – a year of "sustained suffering" and "phenomenal courage."

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1776 by David McCullough is a historical book written about the year 1776 during the American Revolution. The book focuses on the military aspects of the ...

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Teen Reads

A McCullough historical tome was a massive historical effort whose length often went unnoticed because the quality of writing made the pages turn with ease and rapidity.

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Henry Knox.Tucked throughout the book are vellum envelopes filled with removable reproductions of historical documents, most notably Washington's letters to his wife and colleagues and recollections of the war from Continental Army soldiers.

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... The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian examines the single year that ignited the American Revolutionary War even as both sides sought a political ...

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Book Review - 1776. Tim Challies; 09/12/06; 9. 1776 I have only ... and I have followed that with David McCullough's 1776 which tells the story of what is easily  ...

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... A book review on the book 1776 written by David McCulough. ... McCullough writes this book based on the year of 1776 in the colonies.

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... David McCullough is a masterful storyteller and really brings history to life. This work follows the first year of The Revolutionary War, paying ...

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... We often tend to think of 1776 as the glorious year the United States of America was formed and we set off on fighting our way to independence ...

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... 1776 by David McCullough. Book Review by: Lloyd Sabin. One of the history lessons that I still remember from school is that historical events ...

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While these answers are obvious, I almost wished that the book had continued, at least to summarize the remaining years of the war.

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