1776 by david mccullough a book

McCullough structures the book into three large subdivisions. An enormous British force of warships and troop transports assembled offshore meant that Washington had no long-term hope of defending Manhattan. The battle of Bunker Hill is over when the book begins, with the British locked up in Boston by a cheerful, disorderly little army with almost no gunpowder.

He would go back to New York and mop up Philadelphia and the Yankee army the following spring. Even if they still won battles, they were becoming history. Hooray for lifelong learning! The text is abridged, but McCullough illustrates his riveting account of the most important year in the war that made America with maps, portraits and reproductions of broadsides and newspaper ads.

America was already independent. But his failure to take Philadelphia when he could was worse. His correspondence is rich with description of Washington, the war, and the meaning of life. Although he had little formal schooling, he educated himself through reading. Greene, according to McCullough, was an unlikely candidate as a general: Although he had little formal schooling, he educated himself through reading.

Both students and teachers have complained that high schools place so much emphasis on memorizing facts for the annual tests that it leaves little room for critical thinking, or interesting stories of history and literature, or anything else that makes learning fun and inspiring.

Some work better than others. In July,when George Washington arrived to take charge of the colonial troops, the British soldiers were under siege in the city, with supplies and food running dangerously low. In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence—when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

The corner had been turned. Like Washington, he had never fought in a battle until he entered the war. It opens with a quote from a letter written by General George Washington in January Unlock This Study Guide Now Start your hour free trial to unlock this 7-page study guide and get instant access to the following: An enormous British force of warships and troop transports assembled offshore meant that Washington had no long-term hope of defending Manhattan.

McCullough also introduces less well-known images, such as a satiric print poking fun at the British prime minister, Lord North.

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From there, Washington and his dwindling, exhausted army retreated southwards to Newark and then across the Delaware. McCullough takes issue with the commonly held notions of the king, often more known for the madness of his later years thought to have been brought about by porphyria triggered by arsenic ingestion than for his intelligence and hardworking leadership of his country.

Howe had thrown away victory before. What McCullough does show is that Washington had the incredibly rare gift of learning from the criticism of subordinates. His staid personality comes through, not just in his war exploits, but also in his personal dealings with his officers and his men. The professor said, "Seriously?

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The professor said, "Seriously? When they opened fire from the heights, Howe at once conceded checkmate and abandoned Boston. An English professor was making a point about how people today rely so much on their smartphones and the Internet that no one bothers to remember anything anymore because they assume they can just Google it.

From start to finish, this volume is a delight.David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback.

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His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions,The Greater Journey, and The Wright /5().

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback.

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David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on ultimedescente.com other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions,The Greater Journey, and The Wright ultimedescente.com is the 4/5(K).

America and Britain at War by David McCullough David McCullough's account bears out the saying that this war was lost by the British rather than won by the Americans; the book could have.

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback; His other widely praised books areBrave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood/5.

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