Summary: 1776, by David McCullough is a book about a key year in the history of the United States. In covers the year of 1776 and the events of the start of the American Revolution. The book details many of the largest battles and the leadership of George Washington. As the leader of the American Army, Washington struggles through many of the battles but exhibits stunning leadership as he guides his troops. McCullough also gives the other perspective of King George and his opinions on the war. The King was originally opposed to the war and the book describes the process that decided that Britain would fight. The book focuses on the actual battles and the military strategy that was used. It uses many images and documents, from history, throughout the book to help describe how George Washington led the American Army to independence in an improbable victory.
Evaluation: This is a nonfiction book but McCullough writes it more like a novel, which makes it more enjoyable to read. It was very interesting to see the perspective of the British in the book because I have always learned about the American perspective and it was nice to see the other side in the war. McCullough keeps the reader intrigued for the most part but I found some parts to be very slow and boring.
Summary: In 1776, by David McCullough, he covers the most important year of the Revolutionary War. In 1776, our nation gained freedom from Britain and became what we now know as The United States Of America. It details what happened leading up to the revolution, and the freedom of America. For example, it mentions how the Continental Congress shaped the Declaration of Independence, and eventually helped with the Bill of Rights – which I didn’t know prior to reading this book. The author also describes the British side of the war, which I found interesting because usually you only hear about the American side. I found what was going on during the last 2 months of the revolutionary war interesting, because it explained how the war was almost lost to the British. However, the Americans were able to turn the tides by invading a camp of Hessian soldiers. I think the purpose of this book was to explain the military side rather than the political side, because it shows really how the war played out instead of all the politics that went along with it.
Recommendation: I think that this book might be better for someone who is a fan of the revolutionary war because it is a little slow at some points and it is hard to follow because it sometimes skips around in the book.
Summary: The book 1776, by David McCullough tells an intriguing story, the 13 colonies’ fight for independence. Although the war did not officially end until the Treaty of Paris, in 1783, the book mainly follows the life of our first president, George Washington. For quite some time, Washington and his fellow soldiers were being chased all around by the well trained British soldiers. Not only where the British well trained, they led in numbers, quality of equipment, and were fully supported by the British government. Even with inexperienced officers, shortage of gunpowder, and low morale, McCullough explains in detail how Washington succeeded in gaining independence from Britain. He leads you straight into the heart of battle and unravels the untold story of the American Revolution.
Evaluation: McCullough does a very good job keeping the reader involved with the text. This was one of the few books at times I just couldn’t put down because the end of some chapter left me wondering “What about…?” or “What happen to..?”. However, parts of the book were dry and uneventful, making it at times difficult to read.
Rating: I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5. Even though this book wasn’t quite my reading style, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Recommendations: The Battle Cry of Freedom: Civil War Era By James M. McPherson
The Book 1776, written by David McCullough is a compelling story detailing the American Revolution against the tyranny of Great Britain, at the time the world’s greatest superpower, in the year 1776. The book covers the majority of the war’s events from beginning to end, though doesn’t quite include everything. McCullough very much focuses on the battles of the war as the book has a very militaristic perspective. The author guides the audience along the life events of General George Washington, who would later become the first President of the United States, during his time in the Revolutionary War, as well as a fairly detailed background of his early life. King George III is also discussed and despite his usual hostile image with most American’s, is depicted as being more relatable with the common man, though that choice is left for the reader to decide. McCullough does a great job attaching the reader to the colonists and their losses in the war.
Overall, Any patriot can find this book very inspirational as he or she connects with the fight the colonists waged, outmatched on every front, yet who came out victorious despite the overwhelming odds.
Rating: I’d give 1776 five stars only because I enjoy certain non-fiction, historical books like it. However, others may not be so inclined to give the same rating; I don’t know how popular this genre is.
Recommendations: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, are two books definitely worth reading if one enjoys 1776.