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4.00003258671797 out of 54.00003258671797 out of 54.00003258671797 out of 54.00003258671797 out of 54.00003258671797 out of 5 4.00 (50,941 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: David McCullough Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780743551779
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In this stirring audiobook, 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.
Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost -- Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.
The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.
Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough's 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is a narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research and detailed, graceful prose. ...Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners."
    -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • A master story-teller's character driven account of a storied year in the American Revolution. A sterling account."
    -- Kirkus, Starred Review
  • ...McCullough brilliantly captures the Spirit of '76 in Washington's miraculous victories at Trenton and Princeton. An altogether marvelous contribution that deserves to be read by every American."
    -- Library Journal
  • “This is a narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research and detailed, graceful prose...Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An engaging study.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Fluent and engaging...McCullough’s brilliant work is a model for us all. In his unrivaled mastery of one part of the historian’s task, we are all his students.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “A classic—brilliantly written, scrupulously researched, tremendously informative, and endlessly entertaining...With 1776, David McCullough has added another masterwork to his collection, one that is both informative and inspiring.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “One of the most compelling nonfiction works McCullough has written and should be required reading in living rooms from coast to coast.”

    Denver Post

  • “A master storyteller’s character driven account of a storied year in the American Revolution. A sterling account.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “McCullough brilliantly captures...Washington’s miraculous victories at Trenton and Princeton. An altogether marvelous contribution that deserves to be read by every American.”

    Library Journal

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2006 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • One of the 2005 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 2/18/2014

    " I have never read a more engrossing and emotionally moving account of our countries birth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob Larsen | 2/16/2014

    " Probably my favorite work of nonfiction to date. McCullough is flawless. I was in suspense even though I knew the outcome. History that reads like a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 2/5/2014

    " A very good book. While you are reading it you will wonder how we won. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Horn | 2/2/2014

    " This is an excellent account of military actions of the Revolutionary War during the crucial year of 1776. McCullough does an brilliant job of weaving a narrative by utilizing historical accounts and personal correspondence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 1/31/2014

    " This is not your typical history book. Staying true to the story of America's beginnings, McCullough makes history accessible and entertaining to everyone. I love history, but had never spent much time studying the American Revolution. This book sparked that interest for me, and opened me up to learning even more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake Thomason | 1/28/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this book. I liked how it gave a sort of "untold" side of the revolution. And I really enjoyed the character's depth and even lack of depth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alissa | 1/13/2014

    " Ok, so I didn't actually finish this one... but a wise person once told me that if I didn't like a book, I didn't have to finish it. So no friends, I did not get into this one/didn't really like it, but I know many people who probably would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 1/11/2014

    " Wish all historians wrote like him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/4/2014

    " I didn't really remember much from my grade school history lessons. David McCullugh had a good narrative of events that year peppered with personal accounts that made it come to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 12/27/2013

    " What can one say who has read other historical works by David McCullough? He is through and a great story teller. This should be on every American's reading list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 12/16/2013

    " Author ran out of gas at end of book. Excellent for early part of year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Strange | 12/2/2013

    " Very good summary of the events of that year. After I read this book, I felt I had a better grasp of the American Revolution as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jane | 11/27/2013

    " Well written history without being textbook-ish. Kept my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/10/2013

    " This is an incredible story to tell and makes you appreciate all that our forefathers went through to give us what we have today. I have read many books on this era and felt the author did a wonderful job of portraying how things were back then. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aleeta Lehtinen | 7/11/2013

    " It was interesting, but too slow paced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Fisette | 4/17/2013

    " The only fault I can find with this book is that it ends at the year 1776. I was left wishing McCullough had written an entire history of the war. Powerfully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 1/27/2013

    " An inspirational account of how the United States came to exist. I never realized how perilous the fight of the founding fathers was until I read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/23/2012

    " This book did, indeed, teach me about 1776. There was a lot of good information, it was just long and hard to get through at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Calder | 12/15/2012

    " What was there, was really good. But I wanted more. I guess I should be satisfied...it covered the year. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherida | 5/28/2012

    " Love his books. Have read many of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janiece | 5/27/2012

    " This certainly changes your view of history from what is taught in school. What a rag-tag bunch of disorganized, disagreeable bunch we called our "army"! It becomes clear that luck (or providence) had a lot to do with our independence. An excellent book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Mauck | 2/22/2012

    " Fact-filled historical accuracy AND great reading. Will be reading more from McCullough :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Foster | 11/14/2011

    " Spoiler alert: the Americans win. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/11/2011

    " I love David McCullough!!!! I was never a history buff,but my Brother-in-law recommended it. Very weell written book! I enjoyed finding out what was going to happen next. I know that most history books are not the whole truth, but I researched some of what David said and they were all true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 6/30/2011

    " Entertaining AND Educational; I love multi-tasking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 6/24/2011

    " I'm not usually a non-fiction type of person but this was riveting. Also it was horrifying and inspiring. I loved the details about the real people involved, especially Washington. With such a beginning, it is hard to believe they actually pulled it off in the end (way after this book)... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 6/23/2011

    " Such a great book. This is a 'must read' for anyone with ANY interest in U.S. History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/22/2011

    " This should be a must read for every American. My appreciation for George Washington is so much greater after having read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/16/2011

    " I learned alot about the American Revolution (at least one year of it). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 6/15/2011

    " Totally interesting. I realized I knew nothing about the Revolutionary War. This book also makes it clear that it's essentially a miracle that we weren't clobbered by the British early in the conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 6/15/2011

    " Every American should read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 6/10/2011

    " I appreciate the suffering of the American "Yankee Doodle" Army more. It is a pretty big bummer to get to the end though and realize that there were 6 more years and you've just got to find another book to read to cover them... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 6/9/2011

    " Historical fiction. Tells the story of the Revolutionary War combining real characters and fictional characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 6/8/2011

    " A very easy read for being a documentory. McCullough is so far my favorite historian. This was not my favorite book he has done but would recomend it to anybody. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 6/7/2011

    " Good book. It was, however, a little frustrating to get to the end and realize that it was the end--i.e., I would have liked for this book to treat the entire history of the Revolutionary War, and not the literal year 1776. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 6/5/2011

    " Competent, well-executed, but unexciting history of the American Revolution. Suffers some from the rather arbitrary focus on a single calendar year, but does a good job of indicating just how remarkable the survival of the Continental army was. "

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