1776 - David McCullough


By David McCullough

  • Release Date: 2005-05-24
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 740 Ratings


America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.

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.

Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. It is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the King’s men, the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.

Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough’s 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.


  • Great for students of all ages

    By R_S_Teacher
    I use this text in my classroom and have for years. This is a historic read of events that is deep in content and easy to read. It passes the history teacher’s test.
  • Great Book

    By OsuVol18
    Very informative.
  • Outstanding

    By On the Great Marsh
    This author is simply outstanding when it comes to telling this nations history. I have read most of Mccullough’s work and have the rest at hand. Not a syllable of fiction between the covers. A must read.
  • 1776

    By T.Potts

    By Hi.gbgvy
    If you hate reading about history don't even look at this book. This book has little dialogue and no plot. The first chapter itself is really bad. Definitely would not suggest this book to ANYONE. 🤦‍♂️
  • Beats TV

    By No tthanks
    Another good read by Mr. McC. Simple. Informative. Believable. He sets the stage and puts you in the cast. This is my third book of his and will read the rest.
  • Riveting, Revealing,

    By nordgal
    Oh, that Mr. McCullough had taught at my high school! More there would have been in class and fewer at the donut shop; more future teachers would have sprung from the class of '61 to inspire other students with the truth of the Republic rather than the shadowy liberal view of the current curriculum. Keep going, Mr. McCullough, keep going.
  • Wack

    By Leon Preldakaj
    Very boring
  • How Close

    By Potawatomie
    This is a very interesting book that make you realize how close this country came to remaining a possession of Great Britain. How did these great thinkers of the time think they could defeat the greatest Army of the world at that time, with no Army, no weapons, no ammunition and no military leaders and no money! It is truly a miracle that we became a nation! My, how close we came to just being a big burr under King George's seat.
  • Great

    Amazing, wonderful, magnificent