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Author: David McCullough
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER, May 2005
The story of the Revolutionary War during the nation?s tumultuous beginning, & those who, at great sacrifice, fought for what we assume to be our rightful heritage & precious ideals. Drawn from voluminous correspondence & more than 50 diaries. 48 pgs of full-color & B&W photos; 6x9 inches, 656 pgs.
David McCullough, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for ?Truman? and ?John Adams,? returns with a book certain to be another landmark in the literature of American history.
1776 is the story of the Revolutionary War during the nation?s tumultuous beginning, and those who, at great sacrifice, fought for what we assume to be our rightful heritage and precious ideals.
It is the story of two Georges: King George III of England and George Washington, the tall Virginian who led the ragtag American army, each man a patriot in his way, each with his own strengths and limitations. It is the story of the extraordinary, young Yankee general, Nathanael Greene, and the aristocratic British commander, William Howe, of men in the ranks in both armies, soldiers? wives, camp followers plain and fancy, and innocent bystanders.
Drawn from voluminous correspondence and more than 50 diaries, the book begins with the Siege of Boston, an American triumph no one expected, then moves on to the calamitous American defeat at Brooklyn, the largest battle of the war, to bitter retreat across New Jersey, to the surprise victory at Trenton, one of the most unexpected, important turnabouts in history.
Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave, founding era, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David McCullough is the author of seven books, including John Adams and Truman. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.