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1776

por David McCullough

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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.… (más)
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Got about half-way through before it had to go back to the library. I was jonesing for some American history, and this kinda did the job. I was hoping for a bigger focus on the Congress and the Declaration (and maybe it's in there). As it was, most of what I read had to do with Washington and the battles at Boston and New York. I don't expect to go back and finish it. ( )
  Library_Guard | Jun 17, 2024 |
BIBLIOGRAPHIC DETAILS
(Print: (2005) June 27, 2006; 978-074322672; Simon & Schuster;386 pages)
*Audio-CD: 5/24/2005; 9780743544238; Simon & Schuster Audio; duration 11:41:22 (10 discs); Unabridged.
(Digital: Yes)
(Film: Yes).

NOTE: (I'd been keeping an Excel list of CD's, Prints, and Cassettes as I read/listened, that I am now adding here, so that I have all of the materials I have already "read" in one place. I did not review them at the time, so , depending on how well memory serves in each case, reviews here will probably be especially sketchy.)

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SUMMARY/ EVALUATION:
How I picked it: It was a book on CD available at the Newport Beach Friends of the Library book sale. I like history, so purchased it for $10.00.
What it’s about: Historical times and figures.
What I thought: I found it educational and interesting.

AUTHOR:
McCullough, David:
“David Gaub McCullough (/məˈkʌlə/; born July 7, 1933) is an American author, narrator, popular historian, and lecturer.[2] He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award.[2][3]
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature from Yale University. His first book was The Johnstown Flood (1968); and he has since written nine more on such topics as Harry S. Truman, John Adams, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Wright brothers. McCullough has also narrated numerous documentaries, such as The Civil War by Ken Burns, as well as the 2003 film Seabiscuit; and he hosted American Experience for twelve years.
McCullough's two Pulitzer Prize–winning books, Truman and John Adams, have been adapted by HBO into a TV film and a miniseries, respectively.” __Wikipedia

NARRATOR:
McCullough, David:
Mr. McCullough has a voice that is easy to listen to-his diction is clear, but, I will place him in the category of authors who like to read their own works, but may not be the best choice. It’s pretty common with non-fiction authors though.

GENRE:
Biography; Autobiography; History; non-fiction; military; American Revolution; American Revolutionary War

LOCATIONS:
Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;

TIME FRAME
18th Century

SUBJECTS:
British-American relations; Revolutionary War; George Washington; King George III; Nathanael Greene; Henry Knox; William Howe; Battles; Declaration of Independence

DEDICATION
For Rosalee Barnes McCullough

SAMPLE QUOTATION:
From “Chapter One Sovereign Duty”
“George III had been twenty-two when, in 1760, he succeeded to the throne, and to a remarkable degree he remained a man of simple tastes and few pretensions. He liked plain food and drank but little, and wine only. Defying fashion, he refused to wear a wig. That the palace at St. James’s had become a bit dowdy bothered him not at all. He rather liked it that way. Socially awkward at Court occasions–many found him disappointingly dull–he preferred puttering about his farms at Windsor dressed in farmer’s clothes. And in notable contrast to much of fashionable society and the Court, where mistresses and infidelities were not only an accepted part of life, but often flaunted, the King remained steadfastly faithful to his very plain Queen, the German princess Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Streliz, with whom by now he had produced ten children. (Ultimately there would be fifteen.) Gossips claimed Farmer George’s chief pleasures were a leg of mutton and his plain little wife.”

RATING:
4 stars.

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8/16/2010 - 9/30/2010 ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
(2005)Very good history that follows George Washington and the continental army from its losses in Boston to New York to finally a victory in New Jersey at Christmas.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Everyone who grew up in the halcyon days of post-war America knows the very abbreviated story of our break with England and our Revolution. From its beginning in Boston to Washington's Presidency. It's mostly told as folk tales, familiar names made glorious warriors and others debased with evil malcontent.

Once you reach adulthood, you understand that it was a lot more complicated, but given the constraints of interest and time, most don't give our revolution another thought. I think much of that is because so many of us learned dates, locations, and names by memorization. Historical knowledge was boring and forgotten directly after graduation.

But war is never simple. It's always about people and their blood, lives, and terrible suffering. McCullough makes the first year of the American Revolution real. It's a war. It was the loss of sons, fathers, brothers, and friends for a cause that was not universally supported.

I'm glad that I have given history books another try this year. I've been enjoying them more than I thought I would.
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  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
Incredible the amount of detail author David McCullough is able to muster to flesh out this very compelling story of the struggle of 1776. I learned a lot, and developed a much deeper appreciation for some of the key battles and skirmishes of the American Revolution. From a literary perspective, the story wanes between pages of slightly too much detail to moments of sheer tension and enlightenment. McCullough tells a very human story, focusing on the known facts surrounding key characters, like Nathanael Greene, Charles Lee, Henry Clinton, Charles Cornwallis, William Howe, and George Washington. Highly recommend it for anyone interested in the period. ( )
  nakedspine | Nov 16, 2023 |
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In his exhaustively researched and highly accessible new book, "1776," best-selling historian David McCullough (two-time Pulitzer winner for "John Adams" and "Truman") follows the Continental Army through a single, fateful year, one filled with surprise victories, stunning reversals, perilous midnight retreats and pure, grind-it-out perseverance. It's a story filled with drama, and McCullough shows himself once again to be among our nation's great storytellers.
 
In his new book, ''1776,'' David McCullough brings to bear on this momentous year the narrative gifts he's demonstrated in such absorbing histories as ''The Great Bridge'' and ''The Path Between the Seas.'' As a history of the American Revolution, it is an oddly truncated volume: pivotal developments leading to the revolution like the Stamp Act, which happen to fall outside the perimeters of Mr. McCullough's rigid time frame, are not examined, and subsequent installments of the war (which would continue on after the Trenton-Princeton campaign for another half-dozen harrowing years) are ignored as well.
 

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For Rosalee Barnes McCullough
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On the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 1775, His Royal Majesty George III, King of England, rode in royal splendor from St. James's Palace to the Palace of Westminster, there to address the opening of Parliament on the increasingly distressing issue of war in America.
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http://lccn.loc.gov/2005042505 . Please distinguish among, and do not combine:

Peter H. Hunt's film, 1776 (1972);
David McCullough's complete Work, 1776 (sometimes subtitled, "American and Britain at War," 2005);
the abridged audiobook, on 5 discs (2005; there's also one or more unabridged audio); and
McCullough's abridgment, 1776: The Illustrated Edition (2007).

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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.

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