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In this stirring audiobook, 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 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. The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did. 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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  • I really loved David McCullough's book and his narration was top-notch. Since I only had limited knowledge about the Revolutionary War, this book served as a fantastic introduction that brought a sense of authenticity to the larger-than-life figure of George Washington.
  • Being a newbie to audiobooks, I absolutely loved my experience listening to "1776". David McCullough knows how to captivate with his storytelling and writing skills. It genuinely felt as if I had been transported back in time, right in the midst of the struggles, battles, and the incredible victory that led to America gaining its independence from England. It was eye-opening to realize just how stacked the odds were against us, with England's formidable military strength. My admiration for Washington and the other brave individuals who fought for and secured our freedom against such tremendous challenges has grown exponentially. Their stories and triumphs serve as an important lesson even in today's world. I found it incredibly difficult to pause the audiobook, even when other responsibilities like work demanded my attention. Trust me when I say, this is a must-listen!
  • This book is absolutely fantastic. The year 1776 was truly extraordinary, and the author does an incredible job of capturing the events and actions with such attention to detail that it feels as if he himself witnessed them firsthand. I gained a wealth of knowledge about the Revolutionary War, discovering things that I would have never been exposed to in school. One aspect that particularly fascinated me was the multitude of coincidences that led to victories or advancements for the Continental Army. It was astonishing to witness how many times situations appeared bleak for Washington's army, only to see them completely turn around, sometimes in the span of a single night. 1776 proved to be a surprising year for everyone involved, including Washington himself. It serves as a powerful lesson in perseverance and never giving up. I can't recommend this book enough, as it's not just for history enthusiasts, but for anyone looking for a captivating read.
  • I have listened to about 50 books this year and 5 stars out of 5 is rare for me. What makes a great audio book? Content obviously but also great oration. This Pulitzer award-winning author needs little introduction but he is an outstanding speaker. Easy on the ears and makes history as exciting as any subject I've had the pleasure of listening to so far. I can't recommend this particular book enough. It underscores for me how invaluable it is to forgive yourself for your own mistakes and how important it is to forgive those that might work for you. As much a book about leadership as there is out there. Washington made up for much of his blunders by learning from his errors and making bold moves. We could do worse.
  • Fantastic book about the miracle that became the USA. No doubt there were many people who helped the revolution succeed, but Washington is clearly the only one who could lead us to success. King George III said Washington was the "greatest man in the world" because he always put service over self, and never abused power. All Americans should read this to see what sacrifices and effort were made to create USA, and how lucky we are to be the USA.
  • Good book. Gave history lessons and more importantly to me gave leadership characteristics of the main players...stuff to apply. On/was the US Air Force reading list for good reason. Long book, but NOT boring. Reader was good. Please give back and write a review. thanks
  • I'll admit that I don't remember everything that was in this book, but even so it was a great history lesson on the frustrations, wins, losses, etc of 1776. Listening to the author read his own words was also a treat.
  • I'm a history major/history lover, still I thought this book would be a snoozer. Boy, was I ever wrong. This book was abridged, so it moved along at a fast pace, and was very exciting. Considering the odds the Revolutionaries had against the Brits, it's a bit amazing they won. This book contains information not found in textbooks. An amazing account of America's historical roots. A must listen!