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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 ***** year when the Declaration of Independence was signed, a crucial event in American history when the whole American cause ***** freedom from ***** tyranny of Great Britain 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.

***** story itself focuses on the men who served in the American ranks against ***** Brit*****h during the American Revolution, ***** of e***** shap*****, size and color and from virtually every walk of life, such as farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, social outcasts and often 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, McCullough has also included ***** experiences ***** Americans loyal to the English Crown, Hessian mercenaries, politicians, traitors and spies and the ordinary men and women caught in ***** path of a bloody w*****r.

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

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

***** this quote so brilliantly points out, at the center of the drama, along with General Washington, stood two young American ***** who at first knew nothing about war outside ***** what they ***** read in books—Nathanael Greene, a Quaker, made a general at the ***** of thirty-***** and Henry Knox, a twenty-five year old bookseller ***** suggested the *****n insane idea ***** taking the guns at Fort Ticonderoga and hauling them overland to the city of Boston in ***** dead of w*****ter. Of course, the most central character is George ***** himself, the commander-in-chief who in ***** had never led an army *****to battle.

McCullough begins his superior ***** in London on October 26, 1775, when His Majesty King ***** III went before the English Parliament to declare that the American col*****ies are in rebellion aga*****st the ***** 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 *****, then to the city ***** New York, where British ships

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