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1776 by David McCullough
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Dec 22, 2007

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Although the American Revolution did not end until 1783, 1776 was a pivotal year that saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a pivotal American victory in Boston, pivotal defeats in New York, and the crossing of the Delaware river to take Trenton, NJ.

McCullough follows George Washington's movements throughout the year, as well as some of his younger high-ranking officers, Nathaniel Greene and Henry Knox. Occasional switches to the British perspective show us what was going on with their strategy and in their camps.

I was interested in reading this book because I don't remember studying much about the American revolution after 5th grade. I was a little bit disappointed because I was more interested in the human interest side of things--letters home to wives and family, etc--but I found this to be heavier on explanations of battle strategy. It was a very quick read, though, and I do feel like it was educational.

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