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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 ***** the brave men who marched with General George Washington in the year when the Declaration of Independence was signed, a crucial event in American history when the whole American cause ***** freedom from ***** tyranny of Great Brita***** was dependent on the success of these American 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 ***** who served in the American ranks against ***** British during the American Revoluti*****, men of every shape, 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 ***** King's Men (i.e. King George III), the Brit*****h commander William Howe and his highly disciplined redcoats. As an added benefit, ***** has also included the experiences of Americans loyal to the English Crown, Hessian mercenaries, politicians, traitors and spies and ***** ordinary men and women caught in the path ***** a bloody war.

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

The Revolutionary War ***** a longer, far more arduous and ***** painful struggle than later generations would understand or... appreciate. By the time it ended, it had taken the lives of an estimated 25,000 Americ*****s... The year 1776... was for those who carried the fight for independence **********d a year of all-*****o few victories, of sustained suffering, disease, hunger, desertion, cowardice, disillusionment, defeat... and fear... especially for those who had ***** ***** *****. 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 ***** who at first knew nothing about war outside of what they had read in books—Na*****ael Greene, a Quaker, made a general at the ***** ***** thirty-three ***** Henry Knox, a twenty-five ***** old bookseller ***** suggested ***** then insane idea of taking the guns at Fort Ticonderoga and hauling them overland to the city of Boston in ***** dead of winter. Of course, the most central character is ***** Washington himself, the ********** who in 1776 had never led an army *****to b*****tle.

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