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Review: 1776

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Stuart Shiffman

1776, by David McCullough, represents a sea change in the work of one of America's truly extraordinary historians. The twotime Pulitzer Prize winner and twice National Book Award recipient has traditionally chronicled epic times and critical historical events on a grand scale. McCullough told of the lives of three great American Presidents: John Adams, Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman. He ... Read full review

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Its a very bad movie..don't see it

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This book provides a very descriptive look into the first year of the Revolution. Providing the reader with many first hand accounts into the trials that faced the Army under Washington. The reader gets to see how America's first general was a great man and at the same time made mistakes as any man does. 

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This book is a grand chronicle of the most pivotal year in American history. David McCullough had done an outstanding job of researching not only the facts, but the characters themselves. Washington, Knox, Greene, and many others come to life through his words. The author brings out their doubts, their failings, their chance victories and their inner most thoughts through a enjoyable string of events. If the story wasn't true, it could scarcely be believed how the script of this year progressed. David McCullough did an outstanding job of making the chronicle a joy to read. I would highly encourage anyone, from avid history buffs to novice historians, to read this great account.  

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This was a funny and poignant book about visiting the past. I liked how Sam taught his younger self about bravery and doing the right thing. I also liked meeting characters when they were younger such as Dibbler and Vetinari.

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Great book.... but it did leave me wanting for more

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Reviewed August 2006
Almost 90 pages of source notes this seems to be one well researched book. He used a wide variety of sources, diaries, letters, maps,and newspaper accounts from British and
American sides. McCullough tried hard to tell the story of 1776 from many sides. I was so exited to read in almost the last pages about a doctor Mercer from Fredricksburg who had been involved in the war. This is the same man whose apothecary we visited in Fredricksburg (where we had the best visit). Amazing to feel like we knew this person, almost as if I found a relative in the book.
McCullough does an excellent job explaining the battles and decisions but what is sadly lacking are some good maps. I am not familiar with the area and descriptions of areas don't help a lot. I need something more visual. I would also have liked to know what else was happening at this time with non-soldiers. McCullough barely mentions women, blacks & artisans. I suppose I will have to read further to learn about these people.
22-2006
 

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Good book, it did leave me wanting for more as 1776 was just the beginning of a long struggle.

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Either I never paid attention in History class or the presentation of this material at that time was drab. My guess is that it was a bit of both. Now that I'm older, I've found my interest in history - especially during the Revolutionary War period - has significantly increased. And when a very capable and respected author, such as David McCullough, is presenting the story, I was amazed at how interesting this story really is. It is amazing to think that this book only covered a single, yet very pivotal, year within our brief American history. The leadership characteristics of General George Washington are interesting to read about as he tries to lead an army comprised of regular folks who want Independence, but don't necessarily want to sacrifice their lives to do so. I was also amazed at the grueling conditions the soldiers were exposed to and what they actually accomplished. For example, capturing a British cannon in Fort Ticonderoga and manually pulling it hundreds of miles on a sled over mountains and frozen lakes to Boston Harbor where it would be used against the British themselves. This is a very good read and I highly recommend it. 

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The year that shaped America's history forever.

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