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1776 by David McCullough
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Contrary to the picture painted in public schools while I was growing up, us winning the revolution was such a close thing that almost seems impossible given the terrible situations General Washington found himself and his troops in throughout the revolutions landmark year. Dysentery, disease and desertion nearly spelled the end of it and most of the year found our troops continually losing every skirmish and giving up every inch of ground while trying to maintain their spirit. The books greatly humanizes Washington, peels away his mythic vestige and portrays him as a man deeply humbled and burdened by the tremendous responsibility placed on his shoulders.

The last 20-30% really does suck you in and convey some great patriotic feelings, but it took a very large amount of time to get there. Overall it's enjoyable, but a bit too slow for me.

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David McCullough
“The year 1776, celebrated as the birth year of the nation and for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, was for those who carried the fight for independence forward a year of all-too-few victories, of sustained suffering, disease, hunger, desertion, cowardice, disillusionment, defeat, terrible discouragement, and fear, as they would never forget, but also of phenomenal courage and bedrock devotion to country, and that, too they would never forget.”
David McCullough, 1776

Reading Progress

March 8, 2013 – Shelved
January 30, 2014 – Started Reading
April 19, 2015 – Finished Reading

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