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Excellent account of eventful year - 1776,
This review is from: 1776: America and Britain at War (Paperback)
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!