The year is 1776, and the American colonies are on the brink of revolution. In this stirring historical novel, David McCullough tells the story of those revolutionary patriots who declared their independence from Great Britain—and gave birth to a new nation. It is a powerful account of courage and principle, love and loss, victory and defeat.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone interested in American history, and the Revolution specifically. It tells the story of those who fought for independence, their motivations and sacrifices.
- The characters are well developed and feel real.
- The pacing is great, never dragging or feeling rushed.
- It provides a good overview of the revolution without being too dense
- It is long
- It can be dry at times
- It is a great book for anyone interested in American history
Learn more about the author
David McCullough is the author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies, John Adams and Truman, and has been called “the master of the art of narrative history.” His other works include The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal; Brave Companions: A History of World War II; 1776; Mornings on Horseback (a finalist for the National Book Award); and The Great Bridge:The Epic Story of America’s Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. He is also a frequent contributor to magazines such as Esquire and Atlantic Monthly. Mr. McCullough lives in Boston with his wife Rosalee Valauri McCullough.
” 1776 is a beautifully written and richly detailed look at the people and events of the year leading up to, during, and following America’s War for Independence. David McCullough brings his trademark gift for humanizing history to this important chapter in our nation’s story, capturing both John Adams’ resolve and passion as well as the heart-wrenching decisions made by those who fought on either side of the conflict. This book is sure to be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in American history or politics.”
“This is a book that should be read by every American. It’s not just history, it’s our history.”
“This is not just a great history book, but a great novel as well.”
“McCullough has captured the spirit of history and made it come alive.”