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Some of the strongest passages in 1776 are the revealing and well-rounded portraits of the Georges on both sides of the Atlantic. King George III, so often portrayed as a bumbling, arrogant fool, is given a more thoughtful treatment by McCullough, who shows that the king considered the colonists to be petulant subjects without legitimate grievances--an attitude that led him to underestimate the will and capabilities of the Americans. At times he seems shocked that war was even necessary. The great Washington lives up to his considerable reputation in these pages, and McCullough relies on private correspondence to balance the man and the myth, revealing how deeply concerned Washington was about the Americans' chances for victory, despite his public optimism. Perhaps more than any other man, he realized how fortunate they were to merely survive the year, and he willingly lays the responsibility for their good fortune in the hands of God rather than his own. Enthralling and superbly written, 1776 is the work of a master historian. --Shawn Carkonen
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All of McCullough's books are very well researched and written in a style that makes for interesting reading.
Most Americans are familiar with the Christmas Eve crossing of the Delaware River to win the Battle of Trenton and to close out 1776.
If I'd had this incredibly wonderful book to read in high school, I'd have enjoyed American History much more.
Great detail about events surrounding 1776 without becoming plodding. Good book for 8th-9th.Published 1 day ago by Children's Book Buyer
Great book about the year 1776!
Honestly, when I got this book, I thought that 1776 was just a clever title for a Revolutionary War book. Read more
An awful lot of detail. Author seems to be showing off his research credentials.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
McCullough makes history so exciting and personal you feel like you are right
there in the middle of the battles. I had trouble putting the book down.