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DAVID MCCULOUGH

DAVID McCULLOUGH'S 1776:

***** HISTORICAL ANALYSIS

In this amazingly accurate and timely book, author David McCullough, a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for literature, related the intensely human story of the brave men who marched with General George Washington in the year when the Declaration of Independence was signed, a crucial event in American hi***** when the whole American cause ***** freedom from ***** tyranny of Great Britain was dependent on the success of these ***** patriots. Based on extensive research in both American and British arc*****ves, 1776 is a very powerful drama written with exemplary narrative vitality and awareness.

The story itself focuses ***** the men who served in the American ranks against ***** Brit*****h during the American Revolution, men of every shape, size ***** color and from virtually every walk of life, such as farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, social outcasts and *****ten boys under the age of fifteen. It is also the story of the King's Men (i.e. King George III), the Brit*****h commander William Howe and his highly disciplined redcoats. As an added benefit, McCullough has also included ***** exper*****nces of *****s loyal to the English Crown, Hessian mercenaries, politicians, traitors and spies and ***** ordinary ***** and women caught in the path of a bloody w*****r.

Unlike similar books which have been published over the years concern*****g the American Revolution, ***** has saved the final three paragraphs to express his *****all ********** or theme:

The Revolutionary War was a longer, far more arduous and ***** painful struggle than later generations would ********** or... appreciate. By the time it ended, it had taken ***** lives of an estimated 25,000 Americ*****s... The year 1776... was for those who carried the fight ***** independence forward a year of all-*****o few victories, of sustained suffering, disease, hunger, desertion, cowardice, disillusionment, defeat... and fear... especially for those ***** had been ***** *****. Thus, the outcome seemed l*****tle short of a miracle" (294).

***** ***** quote so brilliantly points out, at the center ***** the *****, along with ***** Washington, stood two young American patriots who at first knew nothing ab***** war outside of what they had read in books—Na*****ael Greene, a Qu*****ker, made a general at the ***** of thirty-three ***** Henry Knox, a twenty-five year old bookseller ***** suggested the then insane idea ***** taking the guns at Fort Ticonderoga and hauling *****m overland to the city of Boston in the dead of w*****ter. Of course, the most central character is George ***** himself, the *****-in-chief who in 1776 had never led an army *****to battle.

McCullough begins his superior ***** in London on October 26, 1775, when His Majesty King George III went before the English Parliament to declare that ***** American col*****ies are in rebellion aga*****st the Crown and to affirm his personal resolve ***** crush it at all costs. From there, McCullough moves to the siege of Boston and describes in detail its amazing outcome, then to the city ***** New York, where British ships

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