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Book Overview: 1776

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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PublisherSimon & SchusterSimon & Schuster
Publication Date2006-06-272005-05-24
EditionFirst EditionFirst Edition
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
David McCullough, a renowned and celebrated American author, is historically recognized for his eloquent documentaries, detailed biographies, and enlightening histories. Born in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McCullough earned his English Literature degree from Yale University. It was here that he discovered his prolific talent, stemming from his deep fascination with American history and culture. McCullough has written on varied historical topics including the Panama Canal, the Brooklyn Bridge, John Adams, and Harry Truman. His works, with two - "Truman" and "John Adams"- winning Pulitzer Prizes, are distinguished by meticulous research and a distinctive narrative voice. His monumental achievements also envelop Emmy, Grammy, and National Book awards, making him one of America's most honored writers. Apart from writing, McCullough's charismatic voice is notable in his narration of various documentaries including 'The Civil War.' This octogenarian’s ability to make history come alive with eloquence and insight continues to delight readers and listeners. With a personalized style and insatiable curiosity that brings the past to the present, David McCullough remains a towering figure in historical literature.

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