1776 Book Review
1776 is a book by historian David McCullough, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and national bestseller, based on the American Revolution against the British. The book moves through countless different battles between the Americans and the British, involving fascinating facts of the war and the people immensely involved such as Nathanael Green, Henry Knox, and multifarious others. McCullough talks about the paltry and considerable wars and the commands from both sides leaving out no details.
McCullough brought numerous aspects into this book that various non-fiction books cannot achieve. 1776 is filled with umpteen details that help make the book more clear and visible to the mind. Starting on the first page, there are stellar details describing this halcyon setting. “The day was cool, but clear skies and sunshine, a rarity in London, brightened everything, and the royal cavalcade, spruced and polished, shone to perfection”(3). Weather its gossip from General Howe (267) or about a play teasing famous leaders (75) McCullough leaves out no juicy fun facts from that time period that most people do not know, which helps make the book further interesting. One tough aspect that McCullough successfully avoided was dragging on one topic to the point where it gets tedious and uninteresting, which helps make the book effortless to read.
Like everything the book also has flaws to it. I personally do not like history so I did not savor 1776 as much as I would a book of my choice. The Revolutionary War is not a favorite time period of mine that I would pick a book to read about, which is an issue to anyone. Not knowing the key points of the war could also make the book slightly confusing and the plot a bit vague. The details given are swell but so many people and places are given with so many details which makes it’s tough to understand what’s essential to the overall plot.
I would not recommend...
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