Toys & Video Games
 
For Developers: Amazon Web Services
Join Amazon Prime and ship Two-Day for free and Overnight for $3.99. Already a member? Sign in.

Quantity: 

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
 
   
More Buying Choices
152 used & new from $4.25

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
 
   
Tell a Friend
1776
 
 
1776 (Paperback)
by David McCullough (Author) "On the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 1775, His Royal Majesty George III, King of England, rode in royal splendor from St. James's Palace to..." (more)
Key Phrases: glorious cause, New York, Nathanael Greene, New Jersey (more...)
603 customer reviews (603 customer reviews)  

List Price: $18.00
Price: $12.24 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. Details
You Save: $5.76 (32%)

Availability: In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Want it delivered Thursday, October 25? See details

152 used & new available from $4.25
Also Available in: List Price: Our Price: Other Offers:
Hardcover $32.00 $21.12 339 used & new from $1.75
Paperback (Large Print) $14.95 $11.64 53 used & new from $4.90
Audio CD (Audiobook,Unabridged) $49.95 $32.97 66 used & new from $21.60
See all 6 editions and formats
 
   
Check out Charlie Rose's interview with Author David McCullough


Amazon Short - Read David McCullough for just 49Ę
Amazon Shorts are exclusive short stories and essays by favorite authors, delivered digitally.
Faces for only $0.49

Best Value

Buy 1776 and get 1776: The Illustrated Edition at an additional 5% off Amazon.com's everyday low price.

1776 1776: The Illustrated Edition Buy Together Today: $49.29

 

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
 

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

(305)

John Adams by David McCullough

(672) $13.60

Truman by David McCullough

(259) $14.96

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

(232) $10.88

The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded] by Thomas L. Friedman

(1041) $19.80
 


Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com
Esteemed historian David McCullough covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776 with characteristic insight and a gripping narrative, adding new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution. It was a turbulent and confusing time. As British and American politicians struggled to reach a compromise, events on the ground escalated until war was inevitable. McCullough writes vividly about the dismal conditions that troops on both sides had to endure, including an unusually harsh winter, and the role that luck and the whims of the weather played in helping the colonial forces hold off the world's greatest army. He also effectively explores the importance of motivation and troop morale--a tie was as good as a win to the Americans, while anything short of overwhelming victory was disheartening to the British, who expected a swift end to the war. The redcoat retreat from Boston, for example, was particularly humiliating for the British, while the minor American victory at Trenton was magnified despite its limited strategic importance.

Some of the strongest passages in 1776 are the revealing and well-rounded portraits of the Georges on both sides of the Atlantic. King George III, so often portrayed as a bumbling, arrogant fool, is given a more thoughtful treatment by McCullough, who shows that the king considered the colonists to be petulant subjects without legitimate grievances--an attitude that led him to underestimate the will and capabilities of the Americans. At times he seems shocked that war was even necessary. The great Washington lives up to his considerable reputation in these pages, and McCullough relies on private correspondence to balance the man and the myth, revealing how deeply concerned Washington was about the Americans' chances for victory, despite his public optimism. Perhaps more than any other man, he realized how fortunate they were to merely survive the year, and he willingly lays the responsibility for their good fortune in the hands of God rather than his own. Enthralling and superbly written, 1776 is the work of a master historian. --Shawn Carkonen

The Other 1776

With his riveting, enlightening accounts of subjects from Johnstown Flood to John Adams, David McCullough has become the historian that Americans look to most to tell us our own story. In his Amazon.com interview, McCullough explains why he turned in his new book from the political battles of the Revolution to the battles on the ground, and he marvels at some of his favorite young citizen soldiers who fought alongside the remarkable General Washington.

The Essential David McCullough


John Adams

Truman

Mornings on Horseback

The Path Between the Seas

The Great Bridge

The Johnstown Flood

More Reading on the Revolution

The Great Improvisation by Stacy Schiff

Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

Washington's General by Terry Golway

Iron Tears by Stanley Weintraub

Victory at Yorktown by Richard M. Ketchum
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
In the Pulitzer Prize–winning John Adams, McCullough provided an in-depth look at the life of America's second president; here, the author shifts his focus to the other major players of the American Revolution, providing a detailed account of the life and times of the generals and soldiers who fought for and won America's independence. In this top-notch audio production, McCullough proves that he is as equally adept at reading prose as he is at writing it. At no time does it feel like listening to a lecturing professor; instead, McCullough narrates in a sonorous, grandfatherly voice, keeping his speech vibrant and engaging, as if he were simply telling a story. Unabridged sections of prose are read by the author, while portions of the book not fully explored in this abridgment are summarized by auxiliary narrator Twomey, whose performance is serviceable and pleasant. Though the abridgement is effective, the subject matter will leave discerning listeners hungry for more. While casual fans will be satisfied, serious history aficionados will want to listen to McCullough's unabridged recording (12 hours, 10 CDs, $49.95 ISBN 0-7435-4423-4).
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

See all Editorial Reviews


Product Details
 
David McCullough
 
1776 Posts
       
  Sent the following post to customers who purchased 1776

RSS feed for this blog
 
12:17 PM PDT, June 28, 2006, updated at 1:14 PM PDT, June 28, 2006
I hope you have a chance to read a recent piece I wrote related to 1776 entitled, "Faces," offered exclusively through amazon.com. I strongly believe all of us should know and remember how great were the hardships endured by the very real-life men and women of America's founding time and how much of our way of life and our freedoms we owe to their sacrifices and steadfastness.

David McCullough
58 Comments    

 


Inside This Book (learn more)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
First Sentence:
On the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 1775, His Royal Majesty George III, King of England, rode in royal splendor from St. James's Palace to the Palace of Westminster, there to address the opening of Parliament on the increasingly distressing issue of war in America. Read the first page
Key Phrases - Statistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs): (learn more)
glorious cause
Key Phrases - Capitalized Phrases (CAPs): (learn more)
New York, Nathanael Greene, New Jersey, Long Island, General Howe, Bunker Hill, New England, Joseph Reed, Fort Washington, Henry Knox, East River, Lord Howe, William Howe, John Hancock, Staten Island, Rhode Island, General Lee, George Washington, Kips Bay, John Adams, Dorchester Heights, General Washington, Joseph Hodgkins, Ambrose Serle, Fort Lee
New!
Books on Related Topics | Concordance | Text Stats
Browse Sample Pages:
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Surprise Me!
Search Inside This Book:


Books on Related Topics (learn more)
 
 

Customers viewing this page may be interested in these Sponsored Links (What's this?)
Publish Your History Book
www.BookSurge.com    Publish, Market, and Sell Your Book through BookSurge, an Amazon Group. 
Eagles Over Berlin
www.eaglesoverberlin.com    Fascinating historical novel about the Berlin Airlift & Blockade 
Buy 1776 Sheet Music
http://www.sheetmusicplus.com    Sheet music for 1776 at Sheet Music Plus. Shop now. 

What Do Customers Ultimately Buy After Viewing Items Like This?
1776
84% buy the item featured on this page:
1776
$12.24
1776: The Illustrated Edition
8% buy
1776: The Illustrated Edition
$39.00
John Adams
3% buy
John Adams
$13.60
Truman
3% buy
Truman
$14.96

Tags customers associate with this product (What's this?)
Click on a tag to find related items, discussions, and people.
Check the boxes next to the tags you consider relevant or enter your own tags in the field below
(13)
(10)

Your tags: Add your first tag
Help others find this product - tag it for Amazon search
No one has tagged this product for Amazon search yet. Why not be the first to suggest a search for which it should appear?
Search Products Tagged with
 

Are you the publisher or author? Learn how Amazon can help you make this book an eBook.
If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can make it available as an eBook on Amazon.com. Learn more

Rate this item to improve your recommendations

Sign in to rate this item
   I own it

 
Customer Reviews
603 Reviews
5 star: 60%  (362)
4 star: 27%  (168)
3 star: 7%  (48)
2 star: 2%  (14)
1 star: 1%  (11)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
 
Create your own review
 
 
New! Amazon has customer video reviews
   
Flip Video camcorder It's easy to shoot video reviews or life's everyday moments with the Flip Video camcorder.
   
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

 
342 of 391 people found the following review helpful:
How We Won Our Freedom, May 24, 2005
By C. Hutton "book maven" (East Coast, USA) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: 1776 (Hardcover)
David McCullough is known as a sterling storyteller of American history with two Pulitizer Prizes for Biography ("John Adams" 2001 and "Truman" 1992) and a National Book Award ("Mornings on Horseback" 1981). What many readers may not realize is that he is a researcher par excellence as evidence by the ten years he spent reading original documents, interviewing and travelling to relevant sites for "Truman." Now he utilizes some of his previous background research for "John Adams" to tell the tale of the crucial year of the American Revolution. "1776."

Most Americans are familiar with the Christmas Eve crossing of the Delaware River to win the Battle of Trenton and to close out 1776. Mr. McCullough describes the more unfamiliar stories of the American siege of Boston in driving out the British army and the British victory in driving the Revoluntionary army from New York City.

His real strength is as an editor, in choosing which historical stories to include and to exclude, for his 284 page narrative (with 100 additional pages of supporting documentation) could easily have been thrice its current length. In fact, David Hackett Fischer's "Washington Crossing" (2004) and William Dwyer's "The Day Is Ours" (1983) are both over 400+ pages in reciting only the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. The reader should be aware that "1776" is merely an introduction to that year, for the actions of the other Founding Fathers (and Mothers) are barely mentioned.

"1776" is fun to read as the 229th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence approaches. Mr. McCullough makes clear how close the American Revolution came to failing that year. British overconfidence and Washington's determination (for his battlefield experince as a military commander was nil) were the difference. The reader is directed to "Patriots" (1988) by A.J. Langguth for the best overall view of the American Revolution (1761-1783).
 Comment (1) | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you?



 
219 of 258 people found the following review helpful:
A timely and gripping narrative..., May 24, 2005
By Robert Busko (Laurinburg, NC USA) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
This review is from: 1776 (Hardcover)
There are certain periods of history that never seem to become tired or dull regardless of how often they are written about. It seems that each new investigator finds some thing new to write about. The American Revolution is a case in point. A quick check of books in print will convince you.

David McCullough's 1776 is a terrific investigation into the beginning of the American Revolution. Is it perfect? NO. It does have some missing pieces. But these minor defects are just that...minor. If you look at the complete work, I think you'll find that what 1776 lacks is made up for by McCulloughs ability to deliver the main facts on time and in a way the reader can grasp.

As in John Adams, McCullough again finds the ability to make the main characters jump off the page. Washington, a figure that history has rightfully made larger than life is once again a human man, tortured with doubts and always mindful that disaster is just around the corner. I especially like the treatment that McCullough give King George III.

As a reader, I always like reading a book that moves along. McCullough's narrative does that quite well. In fact, some of the flaws that other reviewers have rightfully pointed out seem to spring from this style of writing.

Well researched and paced for the non-historian, 1776 is a winner. When all is said and done, you'll find that 1776 is worth the time you'll spend reading it.
 Comment | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you?



 
80 of 86 people found the following review helpful:
Timely narrative about America's struggle for independence, May 24, 2005
By Michael D. Trimble (Connecticut) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: 1776 (Hardcover)
What topic could be more current than independence or the passionate desire that all men have for freedom? David McCullough brings his considerable literary talent to the fore in describing the fascinatingly pivotal year of 1776. Just one year in an eight year long armed conflict with Great Britain, but a year packed with precedent and momentous events that united the thirteen disparate colonies in a common cause.

This book focuses almost entirely on the actual armed struggle rather than the politics of that struggle. Very little is mentioned about the Continental Congress or any of the debates that took place there. All those men and their giant personalities remain on the periphery and instead we learn a great deal more about General George Washington, General Nathanael Green, Colonel Henry Knox, and to a lesser extent the commander of British forces, General William Howe. McCullough's narrative shows us--time and time again--the very human qualities and frailties possessed by these men. In the best of circumstance, war is basically a sustained period of unspeakable suffering, but for these patriots it was a time exacerbated by extreme inexperience, unseasonably harsh weather, shortages of food, muskets, gunpowder, clothing, shoes, and even pay. Poor knowledge of proper field sanitation and personal hygiene created perfect conditions for the growth and spread of deadly diseases. Smallpox flourished and actually plagued Washington's army without ceasing. Fully aware of these handicaps, Washington and his men were tasked to defeat a professional military force that bettered them in ever respect. The British land and sea forces were in fact the most powerful and successful military in the world at that time.

In spite of these overwhelming adversities, the men in this ragtag army gave all that they had for the cause of liberty and in the process these soldiers went from ordinary to extraordinary. This is a uniquely informative and compelling novel from one of America's premier historians. It is in fact a timeless story that deserves constant retelling and David McCullough has done wonderfully with this rendition.
 Comment | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you?


Share your thoughts with other customers: Create your own review
 
 
Most Recent Customer Reviews

Excellent analysis
This is a terrific book that brings some of the most dramatic moments in the war of independence to life. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Interested reader

"If We can Keep It" - quote of the Forefathers
It's people like David McCullough that manage to bring American History alive once more.

I remember sitting in American History class, bored to tears by the dryness... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Strawgold

Success was not guaranteed
Looking back on the American revolution of 1776 we sometimes
make the mistake to think success was guaranteed. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Simon Laub

It Can't Be Said Enough, Excellent, Superb, One of the Best
There has probably been enough written about this book to fill more pages than the book itself. Of all the military books I have read, this book more than any other brought the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by M. D. Thomas

1776: A ROLLER-COASTER RIDE!
David McCullough's book "1776" chronicles the first major year of fighting in during America's war for independence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Hancock

Wonderfully engaging and informative
This was the first book I've read by David McCullough. After reading this book I can see why it was a bestseller and why McCullough won all those awards. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Actor

McCullough Does it Again
This was a Great Book written by a Great Author. My only regret was that it didn't go on and on. Like a great movie, it leaves you wanting more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris L. Moxley

The Beginnings of America
This book presents a detailed history of one of the most important times of our nation: the Revolutionary War. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deep D.

Learned a great deal!
There is so much that I didn,t know about that time in history, I was shocked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EROMRAB

An excellent, readable history
From the point of view of one who is not a professional historian and therefore not equipped to judge the scholarly merits of the book, Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank Goldsmith

Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

 


Customer Discussions Beta (What's this?)
New! Receive e-mail when new posts are made. Click the "Track it!" button on any discussion page.
This product's forum (1 discussion)
  Discussion Replies Latest Post
Welcome to the 1776 forum 2 June 2007
See all discussions...  

     
  Active discussions in related forums
  Discussion Replies Latest Post
I'll start a topic I suppose: Is anyone else disappointed with the over-representation of books on military history in the top sellers list? 55 42 minutes ago
The ship the Titanic had less fatalities than the ship The Sultana!Read! 0 1 hour ago
Who is the best modern historian? 64 3 hours ago
Were the Founding Fathers all Deists? 14 5 hours ago
Who is the best historian? (Part 2) 4 14 hours ago
22355 Louis Sheehan Gettysburg 7 21 hours ago
 
     
   
Related forums


Product Information from the Amapedia Community Beta (What's this?)

Listmania!

So You'd Like to...
Create a guide
Search Guides

Look for Similar Items by Category

Look for Similar Items by Subject
History
History - Military / War
History - U.S.
History: American
United States - Revolutionary War
History / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
United States - General
1775-1783, Revolution
Revolution, 1775-1783
United States


i.e., each book must be in subject 1 AND subject 2 AND ...

Harry Potter Store

Our Harry Potter Store features all things Harry, including books, audio CDs and cassettes, DVDs, soundtracks, and more.
 

Stop Squinting

Select-A-Vision Reading Glasses
Visit our Health & Personal store and pick up a new pair of reading glasses. Your eyes will thank you.

See more, literally

 

New Low Prices on Garmin nüvis

Garmin Nuvi 200W
As they prepare to roll out new models, Garmin has lowered prices on their entire line of slim nüvi 200s. Get them while they last.

Shop all Garmin

 

Save up to 65% on Garmin StreetPilots

Garmin c340 StreetPilot
Get Garmin for less than you think with hot prices on the StreetPilot c330 and c340 GPS portable vehicle navigators.

Shop all Garmin

 

Spectacular Textbook Savings

Save up to 30% on over 100,000 new textbooks, and up to 90% off the list price of millions of used listings, in our Textbook Store.
 

 
Feedback
If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us.
 Would you like to update product info or give feedback on images? (We'll ask you to sign in so we can get back to you)
Is there any other feedback you would like to provide? Click here

Your comments can help make our site better for everyone.


Where's My Stuff?
Shipping & Returns
Need Help?
Search   

Your Recent History (What's this?)
 
You have no recently viewed items.

After viewing product detail pages or search results, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.

Recent Searches
David McCullough 1776 (All Products)
     


Conditions of Use | Privacy Notice © 1996-2007, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates