1776 by david mccullough

McCullough uses his opening chapters to summarize the state of the opposing armies and to introduce some of his major characters: The book focuses on battles with the British between and At the center of the drama, with Washington, are two young American patriots, who, at first, knew no more of war than what they had read in books -- Nathanael Greene, a Quaker who was made a general at thirty-three, and Henry Knox, a twenty-five-year-old bookseller who had the preposterous idea of hauling the guns of Fort Ticonderoga overland to Boston in the dead of winter.

SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. From there, Washington and his dwindling, exhausted army retreated southwards to Newark and then across the Delaware. And his description of Washington made me want to read a good biography about him.

Few people know the predicament we are in. The war season was over. In their only stroke of first-class generalship, the British landed on Long Island and pulverised his army. The plus is that McCullough is offering one more irresistible narrative of a fabled Long March, from hope through despair to hope again, which is the tale of Xenophon and many others.

After the opening Battles of Lexington and Concord in April,the colonials had engaged the British in what was commonly known as the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Although technically a British victory, there were one thousand British casualties in the skirmish. Only in a revolution, and especially a can-do American revolution, could this Billy Bunter turn into a wonderful general who began by thinking up and carrying through the mad feat of towing the guns from Ticonderoga and ended up as one of the victors at Yorktown.

I listened to this on audio CD, and McCullough is an excellent narrator. Although he had little formal schooling, he educated himself through reading.

He considered this, apparently agreed, and simply made himself more decisive.

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But for a few lucky turns of fate, the British might have won the war. The corner had been turned.

He who hesitates...

Both students and teachers have complained that high schools place so 1776 by david mccullough emphasis on memorizing facts for the annual tests that it leaves little room for critical thinking, or interesting stories of history and literature, or anything else that makes learning fun and inspiring.

McCullough concluded the book with this summation: 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.

McCullough structures the book into three large subdivisions. OK, boys and girls, America was founded on July 4,when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.

What McCullough does show is that Washington had the incredibly rare gift of learning from the criticism of subordinates. An enormous British force of warships and troop transports assembled offshore meant that Washington had no long-term hope of defending Manhattan.

Washington thought the army game was up; it would have to be guerrilla warfare in the Alleghenies. McCullough is not trying to tell the story of the American Revolution or even of the whole War of Independence.

The book centers on George Washington himself. McCullough is not content to focus solely on the Americans, however. Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. 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.

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 McCullough weaves a pleasant narrative and makes long-ago events seem very real.

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. So Washington was a slave-owner and a friend of liberty? 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.

The Illustrated Editionbrings powerful images and 37 removable replicas of source documents to this remarkable drama. He hesitated and made bad mistakes. As an example he asked his students when America was founded. After Long Island, he discovered that some of his commanders thought he was hopelessly indecisive.Written by David McCullough, Narrated by David McCullough.

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Swap it for free, anytime.  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.

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Study Guide Navigation. 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).

by David McCullough - America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring Released on: July 04, May 22,  · By David McCullough. Illustrated. pp. Simon & Schuster. $ THIS is a sly book, beginning with its title, "" It's a story of war, not words -- .

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