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1776: America and Britain at War [Kindle Edition]

David McCullough
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America's most acclaimed historian presents the intricate story of the year of the birth of the United States of America. 1776 tells two gripping stories: how a group of squabbling, disparate colonies became the United States, and how the British Empire tried to stop them. A story with a cast of amazing characters from George III to George Washington, to soldiers and their families, this exhilarating book is one of the great pieces of historical narrative.

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About the Author

David McCullough has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and has twice won the National Book Award. He is the author of John Adams, Truman, Brave Companions, Mornings on Horseback, The Path Between the Seas, The Great Bridge and The Johnstown Flood.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1479 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B000YTJHKG
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of eventful year - 1776 31 Aug. 2006
Popular history doesn't come better than this. David McCullough has an excellent writing style that makes history come alive - this is a book I read in very few sittings.

The idea of writing a book about events in one year is not new, McCullough does an excellent job of describing the hardships for both American and British soldiers alike. The ordinary American soldier is not painted in a flattering light (dissertions, disgusting personal hygiene, and poor discipline).

One person does shine through from almost every page of this book - George Washington. McCullough deals with Washington's self doubt and slave owning sensitively, but he also paints a picture of an extraordinary man. Perhaps McCullough might consider a biography (he has done John Adams and Harry Truman).

An excellent book - thoroughly recommended to all with even a passing interest in American/British history. Enjoy!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The title of this book is a little misleading. The material actually covers from the beginning of the Continental army in defending Boston during 1775 after Bunker Hill, Lexington and Concord through to the battle for Princeton in January 1777. In addition, the focus is on the military history of the Republic.
While there's nothing new in the material, this book will be a revelation for those who mainly know the political history of the American Revolution. That political history wouldn't mean anything except for the military having found its footing and eventually succeeding against the British with a lot of help from our friends, the French.
The book's main focus is on the efforts to secure the British evacuation from Boston, the ill-led and disastrous defense of Long Island and New York City, the bloody retreat through New Jersey, and the counter-attacks at Trenton and Princeton.
Mr. McCullough does a fine job of putting the military history into context in terms of politics, social and economic conditions, the weather, provisioning, atrocities and the maneuvering between Great Britain and the Americans.
Within the military history, there's a superb consideration of strategy, structure, resources, command styles, personalities and terrain. In many cases, you will feel like you were there. He brings an intensity that many of the best of the Civil War historians bring to their descriptions of those battles.
Overall, though, this is a biography of George Washington as a learning military leader who wasn't up to the challenge . . . but won out through determination and perseverance in the face of enormous disadvantages, crushing setbacks and personal anguish. I suspect you'll see Washington differently after reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Did We Lose? 18 Feb. 2011
Narrative history at its best; McCullough writes as he talks and if you are familiar with his voiceovers for the excellent Ken Burns documentaries you will hear that rich, comforting voice running through these pages like well-informed molasses. He places the reasons for the conflict - one often overlooked by Brtish historians for obvious reasons - in a clear context and he has the knack of bringing to life not only the great set pieces of the war but also the more private moments where the forgotten stories of the little people are placed alongside the interior monologues of the legendary figures to produce a wealth of anecdote and reflection that deepens understanding. This is a book to be enjoyed by the scholar and the layman. As with all McCullough's work - and I'd especially recommend his biographies of Presidents Truman and John Adams as well as his book on the building of the Brooklyn Bridge - this is a hugely informative and highly readable account of a pivotal moment in world history, one of which we only have a very partial or no view at all in the U.K.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, well-worth reading. 28 Nov. 2008
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This is not a history of the entire course of the Revolutionary War between Britain and America - as the title suggests, it's the history of one year in that war, 1776, the year of the Declaration of Independence. I must confess that I know very little about the American Revolution - it's never been a period I've paid much attention to. But this book is exceptionally well-written, lively and interesting, and it really brings to light just how close the whole Revolution came to failure. It's an especially good portrayal of George Washington - stripping away the myth and the hagiography, portraying him 'warts and all'. Even though the war itself went on for another six years it was in 1776 that it could all have ended, had it not been for Washington and his small army, and what could be considered the turning point of the whole war, the Crossing of the Delaware and the battle at Trenton. An excellent book, well-worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1776 27 Aug. 2011
An excellent, well written account of the events surrounding the momentous year in American History of 1776. David McCullough the author writes in a chronological narrative order through the events of the year with key engagements and character profiles throughout the book. Particularly helpful is the first person accounts from the ordinary participants in the struggle.

I also found the book quite balanced also between the Colonist's and The British as it would have been quite easy to have written the account from a biased viewpoint. McCullough visual language and style also really engaged me in the story and events.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history and also if you enjoyed the HBO Mini-Series John Adams to which the book was also written by David McCullough.
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Tom Caulcott
Published 4 months ago by thomas caulcott
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of the crucial year of the revolution
McCullough vividly brings to life the year of 1776 and demonstrates clearly what a close run thing the war of independence was. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark Titterington
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
I gave this book to mu husband for Christmas 2012 and as usual with David McCullough's books, my husband enjoyed it.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Mary Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars McCullough the Master
McCullough's mastery of American 'Independence' history shines through in this fascinating book, which explores the events of 1776. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael C Matson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Recommended reading of a year that changed America.Full of detail and interesting facts and comments this book will keep you reading til you finish it.
Published 16 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars A most important year in world history
By the same Pullitzer Prize winning author of 'John Adams', this book is an absorbing and well written story of the year of the Declaration of Independence and the early... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Colin Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and entertaining
I loved this book. Due to my ignorance of this period of history I had very little idea of how the major engagements would play out. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Daniel Kolasinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive military history of 1776
By focusing on a single year of the War of Independence - the 1776 of the title - McCullough raises some interesting issues about the war. Read more
Published 19 months ago by History Geek
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing
There are so many positive aspects about 1776. I find the book a blessing in so many ways. After reading it, I now have a better understanding of the American Revolution. Read more
Published 20 months ago by John T C
2.0 out of 5 stars History for Francophobes
There are only three minor references to France in the book. One of them mentions Benjamin Franklin's mission to France, but nothing about what it entailed or achieved. Read more
Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by johntheboring
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