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4.00001963093836 out of 54.00001963093836 out of 54.00001963093836 out of 54.00001963093836 out of 54.00001963093836 out of 5 4.00 (50,940 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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