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David McCullough

5 Hours 59 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

May 2005

Audio Book Summary

In this stirring audiobook, 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 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. The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did. 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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  • Kathy

    I'll admit that I don't remember everything that was in this book, but even so it was a great history lesson on the frustrations, wins, losses, etc of 1776. Listening to the author read his own words was also a treat.

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  • Anonymous

    The authors voice does not help this boring read! After 30 minutes, I quit.

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  • Linda Poole

    I'm a history major/history lover, still I thought this book would be a snoozer. Boy, was I ever wrong. This book was abridged, so it moved along at a fast pace, and was very exciting. Considering the odds the Revolutionaries had against the Brits, it's a bit amazing they won. This book contains information not found in textbooks. An amazing account of America's historical roots. A must listen!

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  • Jeff C of Barrie

    I have listened to about 50 books this year and 5 stars out of 5 is rare for me. What makes a great audio book? Content obviously but also great oration. This Pulitzer award-winning author needs little introduction but he is an outstanding speaker. Easy on the ears and makes history as exciting as any subject I've had the pleasure of listening to so far. I can't recommend this particular book enough. It underscores for me how invaluable it is to forgive yourself for your own mistakes and how important it is to forgive those that might work for you. As much a book about leadership as there is out there. Washington made up for much of his blunders by learning from his errors and making bold moves. We could do worse.

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  • Martin T

    Fantastic book about the miracle that became the USA. No doubt there were many people who helped the revolution succeed, but Washington is clearly the only one who could lead us to success. King George III said Washington was the "greatest man in the world" because he always put service over self, and never abused power. All Americans should read this to see what sacrifices and effort were made to create USA, and how lucky we are to be the USA.

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  • Karlee Barcafer

    Had to read it for school, and I found it very dry. On the bright side, it is a good book to help you get sleepy before bed! The audio helped me get through it.

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  • Stevenson Ward

    Very good read. Perhaps a little too much detail. but nevertheless enjoyable and educational.

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  • Chris Mays

    An fascinating insider account of the individuals and circumstance of the war for independence.

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  • Anonymous

    This was a terrible book. I do not recomend this book to anyone.

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  • Taylor Sheldon

    what an awesome book! if you like history you will love it!

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