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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 ***** 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 for freedom from the tyranny of Great Brita***** was dependent on the success of these ***** patriots. Based ***** extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is a very powerful drama written with exemplary narrative vitality and awareness.

The story itself focuses on the men who served in the American ranks against ***** British during the American Revolution, men of every shape, size and color and from virtually ***** 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 British commander William Howe and his highly disciplined redcoats. As an added benefit, ***** has also included the exper*****nces ***** Americans loyal to the English Crown, Hessian mercenaries, politicians, traitors and spies and ***** ordinary men 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, McCullough has saved the final three paragraphs to express ***** *****all thesis or theme:

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

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

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

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