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In the Pulitzer Prize–winning John Adams, McCullough provided an in-depth look at the life of America's second president; here, the author shifts his focus to the other major players of the American Revolution, providing a detailed account of the life and times of the generals and soldiers who fought for and won America's independence. In this top-notch audio production, McCullough proves that he is as equally adept at reading prose as he is at writing it. At no time does it feel like listening to a lecturing professor; instead, McCullough narrates in a sonorous, grandfatherly voice, keeping his speech vibrant and engaging, as if he were simply telling a story. Unabridged sections of prose are read by the author, while portions of the book not fully explored in this abridgment are summarized by auxiliary narrator Twomey, whose performance is serviceable and pleasant. Though the abridgement is effective, the subject matter will leave discerning listeners hungry for more. While casual fans will be satisfied, serious history aficionados will want to listen to McCullough's unabridged recording (12 hours, 10 CDs, $49.95 ISBN 0-7435-4423-4).
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Adult/High School–McCullough concentrates on George Washington's role in the creation of the Continental Army, starting with his appointment in 1775 to lead the rather amorphous army of the united colonies and continuing through his successes with that army at Trenton and Princeton as 1776 turned into 1777. He introduces readers to the 1776 that Washington experienced: one of continual struggle both to create a working army and to defeat the British. The victories that he met outside Boston were soon followed by defeat and near ruin around New York and gave rise to the realization that 1776 might easily have become the worst year in the history of America. McCullough not only provides readers with some of his best work yet, but also presents an important look at one of the most crucial moments in the history of the United States. Black-and-white and color photos are included.–Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
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I read the book but somehow the author's voice seems to add that little extra element that takes you into the story as if you were there. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2013 by Tom
I was very disappoined with this book. Having recently completed the two extremely readable and very informative historical fictions dealing with the War of Indepenance by Jeff... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2007 by Kelly Van Rijn
I am a reader who likes stories. I like my history books to be yarns, filled with the pertinent details. Read morePublished on March 8 2007 by David Phillips
The reader of "1776" is introduced to an excellent narrative of a most crucial year in the history of America and the world. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2007 by James Gallen
A superbly written and researched book. McCullough chooses to focus on just the one year, 1776, and the critical events leading up to the most significant event in that period of... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2006 by Coach C