Still, this is a fascinating period in our early history, and it's a wonder that the American's were able to survive. If you're a history buff, you'll be absolutely consumed by this novel, and if you're not, you just might fall in love with history.
The problems with the book begin when the problems began for the Continentals in the year. The Americans lost battle throughout the year and eventually fled Long Island, then Manhattan and retreat through New Jersey to Delaware.
By Lindsey Annajones on Dec 27, I actually had to read this book for a class, and it's the very first novel for school I've read all the way through.
Poor knowledge of proper field sanitation and personal hygiene created perfect conditions for the growth and spread of deadly diseases. But I am first a reader, first a book buyer, and first respect the minds and wallets of my countrymen. McCullough is one of America's foremost writers and historians and has scored major hits with such monumental works as Truman, John Adams and Mornings on Horseback.
David McCullough takes us through the year that America declared its independence and the war began. This is a well written, conventional war history, illustrated with quotations from the letters and diaries of men and some women on both sides.
When the mighty British Armada arrived, however, they found a weakness in Washington's lines in Long Island and threw the Continental Army into disarray.
By Robert Busko on May 24, There are certain periods of history that never seem to become tired or dull regardless of how often they are written about.
At the center of the drama, with Washington, are two young American patriots, who, at first, knew no more of war than what they had read in books -- Nathanael Greene, a Quaker who was made a general at thirty-three, and Henry Knox, a twenty-five-year-old bookseller who had the preposterous idea of hauling the guns of Fort Ticonderoga overland to Boston in the dead of winter.
Inhe has written a fine book, with a few small errors. By the time it ended, it had taken the lives of an estimated 25, Americans, or roughly 1 percent of the population. A quick check of books in print will convince you.
Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "Truman" and "John Adams," David McCullough returns with the story of the Revolutionary War--a book certain to be another landmark in the literature of American history. They slept in the rain and mud; they marched through icy fields with bare feet leaving blood trails behind them.
Customer Book Reviews An improvement on an already good book. But McCullough is masterful in bringing people like George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Benedict Arnold to life, using correspondence and other documents to give insight to their thinking.
Howe and his Brother Lord Admiral Richard Howe's disagreements toward London's hawkish policies against the colonies and how this may have affected their actions.
But even so this account includes some painful mistakes. I recommend this book for both entertainment and edification. Although technically a British victory, there were one thousand British casualties in the skirmish. Its stories of war and suffering are not only inspirational, but they help one to realize just how much was sacrificed to give us liberty and freedom in the United States.
David McCullogh's book, stirred my imagination about the tribulations of George Washington at the onset of the American Revolution that began in Boston, spread to New York City, and finally, Trenton.
I highly recommend it to appreciate how hard fought our freedom was.
Also, it would have been nice if McCullough provided us with a brief epilogue. History At Its Best!!. Without this, the war may have ended that winter. To be sure, it includes many proud and heroic moments, but it also shows Washington and his extremely ragtag army as human beings with all the faults and frailities.
After the battle, the Continental Army was expelled from New York entirely and was forced to take the war into New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
More of a skirmish than an outright battle, this fight was the beginning of open hostilities in the war. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost -- Washington, who had never before led an army in battle. It does have some missing pieces. While we all know the significance of July 4,few recognize that the act of declaring independence was only part of a larger story of struggle, defeat, and near catastrophe during that turning point year.
That and the procrastination of General Howe prevented their slaughter by Hessian bayonet the following morning. Thoughts on reading history, by David McCullough Posted on September 12, by bernadetteinoz I downloaded this audio book on a whim after having watched and enjoyed the TV series John Adams on DVD a little while ago.
Jun 22, · InDavid McCullough makes sure to stress that the first year of the Revolutionary War had not been easy for the Americans. In the very beginning, Nathanael Greene noted that the Americans had scarcely any artillery, close to no gunpowder, and the army itself was in disarray (p42).
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David McCullough Revisits '' Late inGeorge Washington led a bold attack on the British at Trenton. The victory had an immediate effect on the morale of a newly forged nation.
So David McCullough’s asserts that Washington’s perseverance was the single most significant reason that the colonist won the war, and Washington says that God’s blessing of providence was the sole reason that he persevered.
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