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Book Review: 1776 by David McCullough

Posted by jaystile on November 19, 2008

1776 by David McCullough was no John Adams by David McCullough! Here are some of the things I liked about the book. I liked reading about what the British and the Continental Army were doing at the same time. I enjoyed the intrigue among the various factions that were striving for power and/or recognition. Most of all, I enjoyed the real sense of misery that the American troops were going through and a sense of pride at the hardships they had to endure for our country.

The odd thing about this book (even though you can guess it from the title) was it only concerned events of 1776. It starts off with the army sieging Boston, then getting their asses handed to them in New York and across the countryside, and ends with their first success at Trenton, New Jersey on Christmas 1776. This leaves much to be desired. However, since McCullough is far from concise in his writing the entire Revolutionary War would be composed of multiple volumes and thousands of pages. Don’t get me wrong, McCullough is an excellent writer and is not flowery with his prose. He just has done so much research he bombards you with details. This book is worth a read if you have the time, however I would read ‘John Adams’ first if you haven’t. Or if you would like to continue the detriment of mankind, watch the HBO special of the same name.

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