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1776 by David McCullough
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it was amazing
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"1776" is a work of staggering simplicity and monumental achievement. This text gives one the appropriate sense of grandeur and history that the year 1776 richly deserves. Yet at the same time it brings such sweeping history into minute detail and humanity, making the reader realize that these giants of history were fully human, and like us, at times amazingly inspired and sometimes flawed.
Mr. McCullough is not only a wonderful historian, but he is also a very gifted writer and the prose leaps off the page. The readers mind easily finds accessible the scenarios which are described in the text. McCullough's masterly and vivid style is no small feat.
Mr. McCullough has said that "history is about people. ..time and human nature." and "1776" captures the essence of all of those qualities. Holding the book together is a well rounded and honest portrayal of George Washington, and McCullough's ability to find little know nuggets of personal history flesh out even further this well known father of our nation.
After reading this text, one realizes that this first year of our nation was nothing short of a miracle. McCullough does something in this book that is difficult to do. He does justice to a miracle.
This should be on the bookshelf of any serious student of America. Not only for its historical record, but also because it gives the reader an even greater appreciation for the beacon of freedom in the world that is America!
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January 18, 2016 – Shelved
January 1, 2022 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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