Plenty has been written about that elsewhere, but at least a sample should have entered this book. But for a few lucky turns of fate, the British might have won the war. What mattered was that Americans should realise 1776 by david mccullough. English by ancestry, he was, in dress, manner, and his favorite pastimes, as close to being an English country gentleman as was possible for an American of his day, and intentionally.
Unlock This Study Guide Now Start your hour free trial to unlock this 7-page study guide and get instant access to the following: 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.
An English professor was making a point about how people today rely so much on their smartphones and the Internet that no one bothers to remember anything anymore because they assume they can just Google it. Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "Truman" and "John Adams," David McCullough returns with the story of the Revolutionary War--a book certain to be another landmark in the literature of American history.
McCullough uses his opening chapters to summarize the state of the opposing armies and to introduce some of his major characters: The war dragged on until the British surrender at Yorktown in It opens with King George III, the King of England and a villain by most American accounts, seen as having less in common with other royalty and more with many commoners.
The minus is the lack of political background, which is perfunctory. Even though the war does not officially end until the Treaty of Paris is signed inthe reader follows Washington and his men through losses and miserable retreats, as well as his big successes against Cornwallis and Rall.
From there, Washington and his dwindling, exhausted army retreated southwards to Newark and then across the Delaware. More than three dozen source documents -- including a personal letter George Washington penned to Martha about his commission, a note informing the mother of a Continental soldier that her son has been taken prisoner, and a petition signed by Loyalists pledging their allegiance to the King -- are re-created in uniquely designed envelopes throughout the book and secured with the congressional seal.
In many ways, he is very similar to Washington. What McCullough does show is that Washington had the incredibly rare gift of learning from the criticism of subordinates. Like Washington, he had never fought in a battle until he entered the war. So Washington was a slave-owner and a friend of liberty?
McCullough structures the book into three large subdivisions.
None is more appealing than the fat young Boston bookseller, Henry Knox, an Ulster Scot with a booming voice who already weighed nearly 18 stone at the age of They were anything but decisive in military terms.
Hooray for lifelong learning! His desire to bring the colonies back into the fold seems sincere, but McCullough allows readers to decide for themselves. When Washington wrote those words, he did not know that General Howe, the British commander, had already decided that it was getting too cold to carry on fighting.
And his description of Washington made me want to read a good biography about him. From his description of the situation in Britain at the end ofMcCullough turns to the situation in Boston. 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.
At the same time the book paints detailed, fair portraits of some of the most important American and British participants of the war. This is a well written, conventional war history, illustrated with quotations from the letters and diaries of men and some women on both sides.
The professor pointed out that this lack of internal knowledge can hinder understanding and complex thinking. But Washington was wrong, as he frequently was about military things.
But why and how? But narrowing the subject to one year has drawbacks as well as advantages. The corner had been turned. He considered this, apparently agreed, and simply made himself more decisive. I liked his inclusion of quotes from letters, and the details of each military strategy, including how the weather was that day.
This book is the story of how close George Washington, as commander of the American army, came to defeat in the terrible year of which also saw the Declaration of Independence. Although technically a British victory, there were one thousand British casualties in the skirmish.
When they opened fire from the heights, Howe at once conceded checkmate and abandoned Boston.Written by David McCullough, Narrated by David McCullough. Download the app and start listening to today - Free with a 30 day Trial! Keep your audiobook forever, even if you cancel. Don't love a book?
Swap it for free, anytime. Jul 04, · by David McCullough is a book about a pivotal year in the American Revolution in which the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and. hasratings and 6, reviews. Diane said: There are several reasons why I think this book is important, and it has a lot to do with the sta /5.
by David McCullough “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” This quote in a letter to James Madison, from George Washington, on March 2nd,explains that once the push for liberty comes through and change is made, it is like the snowball effect. David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback.
His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions,The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers/5(K). David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback; His other widely praised books areBrave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood.Download