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David McCullough

6 Hours 0 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

May 2005

Audio Book Summary

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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  • 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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  • Kevin G.

    Great book and should be mandatory reading for all Americans.

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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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  • Dave r

    Good book. Gave history lessons and more importantly to me gave leadership characteristics of the main players...stuff to apply. On/was the US Air Force reading list for good reason. Long book, but NOT boring. Reader was good. Please give back and write a review. thanks

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  • Sabrina Lightfoot

    This book was very good and it allowed me to learn much more about the Revolutionary War without boring me to tears. I thought the narrator(s) did a superb job. Well done!

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  • DJG

    This is a great book. I knew some of this history, but McCullough filled in the blank spaces.

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  • Stephen C.

    David McCullough's narration is as extraordinary as his writing. If only all of his books were available in his own voice.

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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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