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1776 AUTHOR David McCullough kindle ✓ eBook 9780743226721 Î David McCullough Î [Reading] ➿ 1776 By David McCullough – Gwairsoft.co.uk In this masterful book David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Books Nathaniel Green a uaker who was made a general at thirty three and Henry Knox a twenty five year old bookseller who had the preposterous idea of hauling the guns of Fort Ticonderoga overland to Boston in the dead of WinterBut it is the American commander in chief who stands foremost Washington who had never before led an army in battle 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 McCullough's celebrated 1776 covers a crucial turning point in the American war of independence from the British empire However I felt that this book was not as fascinating as Washington's Crossing by Fischer In Fischer's book we get a much detailed account of the defeat in New York the retreat across New Jersey and the crossing and re crossing of the Delaware which I found gripping than the superficial coverage by McCullough I guess the positive point of McCullough is the broader historical perspective starting in the loss of Boston and giving a brief panorama to the end of the war just at the end His focus is clearly on Washington and his evolution as a leader from a hesitant commander making mistakes in New York to his determined aggressive move towards Newark However if this topic truly interests you I would recommend Fischer over this oneI think that I will return to this period in a few months probably with Ron Chernow's Washington A Life but it might be a while

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In this masterful 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 than words on paperBased on extensive research in both American and British archives 1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordina There are several reasons why I think this book is important and it has a lot to do with the state of our schools You've probably heard that public education in America is becoming of a shambles each decade I work at a college and often feel like I'm on the front lines of this battle While we have a number of good students we also have a fair number 18 and 19 year olds who simply aren't prepared for higher education and who if the economy weren't so degree oriented probably wouldn't choose to go to college at all 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 ActBoth students and teachers have complained that high schools place so much emphasis on memorizing facts for the annual tests that it leaves little room for critical thinking or interesting stories of history and literature or anything else that makes learning fun and inspiring I think this is a travesty and it's not just the students who are being cheated — it is all of society because without an educated citizenry we are lostWe Are LostEvery time I see the title of McCullough's book 1776 it reminds me of this issue because of an incident in a colleague's classroom 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 any because they assume they can just Google it The professor pointed out that this lack of internal knowledge can hinder understanding and complex thinking As an example he asked his students when America was founded Dead silence There were about 30 students in the class and none of them knew The professor said Seriously? You don't know when our country was founded? After a few moments of silence a student meekly raised his hand and said If we didn't have to memorize it for the test we probably don't know itBig sighOK boys and girls America was founded on July 4 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress This event happened in the midst of the American Revolutionary War which is the focus of McCullough's book I wanted to read 1776 for several reasons First I had loved McCullough's biography on President Harry Truman and was eager to read of his books Second it has been almost 20 years since I was in an American history class and I wanted to revisit the details of how my country was founded The stories myths and legends about each nation are passed through the generations and become part of someone's culture and identity I don't think these stories should be forgottenThe book focuses on battles with the British between 1775 and 1777 It opens with a uote from a letter written by General George Washington in January 1776 The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep Few people know the predicament we are in Reading this book reminded me of how fragile America's independence was Few of the rebels had military experience Weapons and gun powder were in short supply Because the colonial men had volunteered to fight some resisted following military orders and didn't understand army discipline Plus the Brits controlled the sea But for a few lucky turns of fate the British might have won the war McCullough concluded the book with this summation Especially for those who had been with Washington and who knew what a close call it was at the beginning — how often circumstance storms contrary winds the oddities or strengths of individual character had made the difference — the outcome seemed little short of a miracle My favorite stories in the book were of the fort

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1776 AUTHOR David McCullouRy narrative vitality It 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 King's men the British commander William Howe an his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little knownAt the center of the drama with Washington are two young American patriots who at first knew no of war than what they had read in Pulitzer prizes are sexyThis chronicles Washington's army from just after Bunker Hill to the dramatic crossing of the Delaware and his Christmas attack of the Hessians at Trenton Well researched and superbly written very entertaining McCullough paints a vivid portrait of legendary time