David Mccullough's 'Review Of 1776'

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Anna Wilson Ms. Keri Hamrick HIS 201 June 6, 2015 Review of 1776 1776 by David McCullough is published by Simon and Schuster. In 1776 David McCullough perfectly illustrates how the American army was always on the edge of defeat during the year of 1776. The story was limited to only one year with little background information; this causes confusion. Those who do not have a good understanding of the American Revolution will have an especially difficult time deciphering what the book is describing. McCullough makes up for the confusion by adding vivid details from diaries, journals, reference works, and a numerous amount of books. McCullough is in no rush to get to the point of the story. He begins by describing King George III as he rides…show more content…
Spirits were high until the British kept arriving in large numbers. Washington had to split up his army numerous times to keep the New York defended. Spirits began to fall and disease set in once again. Washington had to plan to retreat, which is no easy task with an army of any size. However, the retreat was perfectly executed with a thick fog settling in as dawn came to conceal the soldiers. Throughout the rest of the book, the hopes of the army rose and fell quicker than a rollercoaster. The fate of the army always laid at the edge of destruction. David McCullough wrote many more works such as John Adams, Truman, Brave Companions, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, and more. Both Truman and John Adams won the Pulitzer Prize. McCullough has received the National Book Award twice for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. He has been awarded with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award as well as the National Humanities Medal. McCullough devoted twenty-two pages at the end of his book to cite all the sources used. He had gathered manuscript collections, books, reference works, diaries, journals, memoirs, articles, newspapers, and journals. He used all of these materials in his book to make 1776 as indifferent and objective as
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