What increased admiration I have for the men who fought through to end that year in victory when all seemed lost. They were paid, if meagerly, but their lives were steady, not filled with debauchery. Was I wrong, this book reveals so much that is skipped over in most history classes and books. Fort Washington and his army were defeated in the disastrous Battle of Brooklyn and this led to the loss of New York City. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback. Having mentioned Commander Howe, I also appreciated McCullough's determination in devoting a large portion of the book to characterizing British personalities and actions. Washington understood that what lies ahead would be difficult, considering he would be facing the most powerful country in world.
I liked how he read the quotes. By focusing on this single year, as opposed to the entire war, McCullough is able to dissect more minutely the individual battles, turning points, specific leaders, and the result is one of the most humanistic depictions of George Washington I've ever read. Insight into the causes of the Revolution absent almost completely. But when battle erupts, the action becomes mired in stock images. The treaty of Paris was signed in 1883 officially bringing peace. Read this incredible story to find out the real story of that fateful year. It actually starts with the Siege of Boston in the fall of 1775, yet it does not cover Bunker Hill or the Battle of Lexington which occurred earlier in the same year This is the first book of the nine I have read by that I have not given either a four or five star rating.
A smallpox epidemic affects many soldiers so the army is again in a state of chaos. He published his first book, The Johnstown Flood, in 1968, to great success. David McCullough employs a lucid style in this book, detailed without being ornate, that conveys a lot of information in a short amount of pages. The book is about the Revolutionary war in the year 1776. Washington knew that protecting New York would be harder than Boston mainly because New York was surrounded by water and the vast majority of those living in New York were loyal to the British Empire. It's a joy to read David McCullough's writing because he makes the historical figures seem so real with their strengths and flaws. The majority of the American people wanted to unite and unite they did.
He showed how George Washington was worried about the chance of Victory for the Colonists despite how optimistic he appeared in public. A reader from another country might want to find maps online to use with McCullough's excellent military descriptions. This is an interesting book that describes in personal detail the battles of the early revolution. I looked at maps in another book which I have - by. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! It outlines the leaders of the army and a few who were representing the colonies. Noted American Historian, David McCullough, beautifully tells the story of the birth of the United States of America.
Also, David McCullough is a magnificent author. After 236 years the early part was considered to be a myth and history and the revolution was already forgotten. The troops were a rag tag bunch and George was constantly strained to keep them from running away, serving out their enlistments and going home, dying of various diseases. 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. When the British realized that the Americans left, it was too late to chase after them. There are many factors that lead to failure; that fact that they did not cooperate with each other or have the support of the masses, differences in ideology, provisional governments were week, armed forces stayed loyal to the throne while. A number of factors have been blamed for the decline of American schools, but one of the biggest culprits in my opinion is the overemphasis on standardized testing, especially as codified by the dreadful No Child Left Behind Act.
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. Many of these were skilled craftsmen, but they lacked the. In Massachusetts, we meet Washington's idiosyncratic staff, including Nathanael Greene, a Quaker foundryman and limping asthmatic with one eye clouded by a smallpox inoculation. The Americans flee from the British and Washington is enraged to see his troops scattering. I sometimes had to pause in amazement that War of Independence survived the year of 1776. Expectedly, the book portrays our first president as a man of faith and stellar, quasi-consecrated leadership. After all, the foot soldiers in the Continental Army were closely related, literally, to loyalists throughout the colonies.
Final verdict: 5 star story, 4 star narration, 4. The situation was not expected to improve soon. You may email him or follow him on. There are many fascinating features, trends, themes, and characteristics used in 1776 that make the book a fluent and enjoyable read. The American spirit could not be any higher and Washington earned many great honors. There are several reasons why I think this book is important, and it has a lot to do with the state of our schools.
Three stars is a book I like but I do not think it compares well to his other books. He also shows how the actions of the many loyalists assisted them. He has also received the Pulitzer Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has won the National Book Award twice. The best thing about the book is that McCullough delivers the history as a story. McCullough also explains the importance of troop morale and military strategy.
It is the story of both the British and the Americans, the events that took place and the major players in these events. Although biased, McCullough carefully displays the American Revolution as brutal for both the British and the colonists. There were many times when Washington retreated or made major mistakes, yet the constant diligence of the American people was something I was astonished by. While the American side of the story focuses mostly on George Washington, the book also gives coverage to soldiers, farmers, teachers and other professions. Americans were then forced to retreat to New Jersey, causing them to lose valuable territories. Instead, he lets them believe that they will attack the British army. The only way it achieves anything is when one side decides that enough of its people have died.
In this stirring 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 w In this stirring 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. His portrait of the Virginian who led them is much more ambivalent. Howe is painted as a somewhat apathetic and listless commander, severely lacking the killer instinct possessed by so many other leaders of the time on both sides. Men were without training, gunpowder, arms or even shoes. The British soldiers and the Hessians were surprised at the burned out houses, but they. David McCullough does it again. The Illustrated Edition contains 140 images and thirty-seven removable replicas of source documents.