Monday, November 28, 2016

1776 - David McCullough

Known for his detailed historical writing, the author of this book recounts the events in America in the fight against the British in 1776.  There's little preamble or postscript; he starts the story in January and moves through to the end of the year, covering the battles in Boston, New York and New Jersey.  It's a different portrayal of George Washington then I am familiar with, showing him at times as an indecisive general and at others an inspiring leader. Reading of the challenges and near misses encountered by the Army it is remarkable we succeeded.

As a genealogist, it's interesting to see all the names of the soldiers and officers involved and it peeks my curiosity to research the lines of some of them!

Published:  2005  Read: November 2016  Genre: History

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