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DAVID MCCULOUGH

DAVID McCULLOUGH'S 1776:

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

The story itself focuses on the men who served in the American ranks against the British during ***** American Revolution, men of every shape, size and color and ***** virtually ***** walk of life, such as farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, social outcasts and often boys under the age of fifteen. It is also the story of ***** 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 ***** exper*****nces of Americans 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, McCullough has saved ***** final three paragraphs to express ***** overall thesis or theme:

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

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

McCullough begins his superior ***** in London on October 26, 1775, when His Majesty K*****g ***** III went before the English Parliament to declare that ***** ***** colonies are in rebellion against 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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