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Lacked the Detail of Fischer's Washington's Crossing
, July 12, 2005
This review is from: 1776 (Hardcover)
Having first read David Hackett Fischer's 'Washington's Crossing', I felt like I was reading a Cliff Notes version of that book when reading 1776. Clearly Fischer's book is the superior product. First, it contains many more maps and better detail of troop movements and significantly more detail of the battles themselves and critical decisions that were made. Second, it contains more interesting detail on Washington's life before assuming command and more detail about his critical decisions. Frankly there was little new in 1776 and much missing compared to 'Washington's Crossing'. I was so struck by the contrast that I couldn't help wonder if McCullough was essentially 'coasting' when he wrote this short book.
McCullough's book is worth reading, but if you are going to choose to read one book on this time period, Fischer's book is clearly the better choice.
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