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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (50,939 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: David McCullough Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged 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)

  • 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
  • “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

  • “An engaging study.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “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 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2005 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Blake Gaudet | 2/18/2014

    " For me, one of the most important things that I can do as a history teacher is make sure that students see our forefathers as real people. It's common to get all the way through your formal education without ever hearing anything negative about our founders, which in turn makes their accomplishments seem unattainable to the average teenager. Inspiration comes from the acts of real people, not Greek Gods. The author of 1776 does an amazing job of not only pointing out the tactical disadvantages American leaders had to overcome, but also the flaws in their personality traits, their character, and their judgment. He honors their accomplishments without making deities out of them by giving a gritty look in to the blue-print for their successes. I've never had a better appreciation for what Washington and his troops did. A must read for history/revolutionary war buffs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doris | 2/18/2014

    " Made me want to re-visit NY/NJ area with a different perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent book about the year the War finally turned in the U.S.'s favor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katya | 1/11/2014

    " Excellent. I just wish it had kept going . . . "

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