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17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Inspiring!!!

In my opinion, this is a must read for every American and especially those who enjoy American history. It is amazing to see how common, ordinary men and women, who believed in the right of liberty and freedom from tyranny, overcame tremendous obstacles against a major w...
In my opinion, this is a must read for every American and especially those who enjoy American history. It is amazing to see how common, ordinary men and women, who believed in the right of liberty and freedom from tyranny, overcame tremendous obstacles against a major world power to achieve their goals. David McCullough brings it all to life as he painstakingly describes the people, the battles, and the consequences of their actions. It is extremely heartwarming to see and feel the perseverance of these early settlers in overcoming extreme odds and suffering when they could have easily given up and succumbed to British rule. They even had to fight within their own ranks against the Tories and Loyalists who put personal gain above independence. I completed the book this week just as the John Adams miniseries is airing on HBO, which is superb as well. Thank you David for a wonderful work that serves to remind all Americans and others as well of the price we paid for freedom and of the inalienable rights of all men everywhere.

posted by Anonymous on March 25, 2008

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2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Price too high!

The paperback is $10.79 from B&N. $14 for the eBook? Ridiculous!!

posted by Guru5 on January 2, 2011

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Price too high!

    The paperback is $10.79 from B&N. $14 for the eBook? Ridiculous!!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    Not up to McCullough standards

    Sorry to say I was dissappointed with this as I have become quite accustomed to much better from David McCullough. It seemed like the piece of a great story with the preample and epilogue missing. I kept wondering why he wrote it at all. It was like writing a book about the Civil War called '1863' and only focusing on the battles fought in that year. They were important, yes, but far from the entire story. In general, I think the quality of McCullough's books has proceeded downhill beginning with 'John Adams'. 'The Path Between the Seas', ' Mornings on Horseback' and 'Truman' were excellent.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    Well written but ...

    Don't get me wrong, this book is very well-written and very well researched, and it reads like a story. The information was very clearly presented, and the book's approach to the subject of the Revolutionary War was insightful and at times juicy. I learned a lot of about the Revolution that I did not previously know; but ... it took a long time to get through it. It was not exactly a page-turner, and I found myself forcing myself to read it just to finish it up. I think it would be more appropriate for scholarly reading and not leisurely reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    A great story! An awful delivery!

    1776 is a great story of the struggle of the Colonial Army against the British at the outset of the American Revolution. This aurthor did very well in presenting an historical account. However, the detail was entirely too much. Mr. McCullough appears to simply like to hear himself talk. Have you ever watched an interview with the guy? His knowledge and research is undoubtedly top notch. However, his delivery to a novel is long winded and flat out boring at times. Mr. McCullough is an example of the reasons so many people have a genuine dislike of history. I think this is tragic considering how good of a story 1776 can be for all Americans.

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