"When is the time for brave men to exert themselves
in the cause of liberty and their country, if this is not?"
"Never was a cause more important or glorious than that which you are engaged in ... for if tyranny should prevail in this great country, we may expect liberty will expire throughout the world. Therefore, more human glory and happiness may depend upon your exertions than ever yet depended upon any of the sons of men."
1776 seems like the perfect July read, doesn't it? In its well-written pages, David McCullough brings to life the events leading up to, and the months just after, the signing of the Declaration of Independence; it also tells the story of the men who helped bring it all about. Those self-educated and self-made men like George Washington, who had never led an army into battle, but who took on the role of Commander in Chief; and Nathaniel Green, a Quaker from Rhode Island who learned everything he knew about war from reading books and who became a general at thirty-three; and Henry Knox, a bookseller from Boston who had the audacious idea to haul the heavy cannons abandoned at Fort Ticonderoga all the way to Boston in the middle of winter. He was just twenty-five. But it's not just about these heroes. "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 into soldiers." Well-researched and well-told, 1776 is the powerful human story of mistakes and defeat, patriotism, courage, struggle, loss, faith, perseverance, and victory. It is the story of America herself. And I'm so glad I read it; I really learned a lot.
"From the last week of August to the last week of December, the year 1776 had been as dark a time as those devoted to the American cause had ever known--indeed, as dark a time as any in the history of the country. And suddenly, miraculously it seemed, that had changed because of a small band of determined men and their leader."
"The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth."
Happy 4th July! :)ReplyDelete
I have forgotten way too much of what I once knew about the Revolutionary War. I bought this book to help me learn it again - but it's been sitting on the TBR shelves.ReplyDelete
Isn't is sad how easy it is to forget the stuff we once knew... and how hard it is to relearn it?Delete
My dad really enjoyed David McCullough's books. I haven't yet read this one. I hope you have a Happy 4th of July.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Wendy! My favorite David McCullough book is still The Wright Brothers. But this is a close second.Delete
McCullough's books are generally very good, and I really enjoyed this one. He makes learning about history pretty painless, something you have to appreciate.ReplyDelete
That's my favorite way to learn history...painlessly! :DDelete
Happy 4th of July, Lark! This book does sound like the perfect read for today. :)ReplyDelete
It made me feel very patriotic. :)Delete
Happy 4th!!!! I would really love to read this one- I've looked at it so many times!ReplyDelete
It's a good one. :)Delete
I don't have the time to read as many history books as I'd like! Hope you had a great day!ReplyDelete
Thank you! (I never seemed to have enough time to read all the history books I want to either.)Delete
Hi Lark, Hope you had a Happy Fourth! David McCullough a great historian. I am torn between reading 1776 or his book on John Adams. He has a new book about the pioneers which sounds interesting too.ReplyDelete
His new book about the pioneers does sound really good. I might read that one of his next. :)Delete
Hope you enjoyed your 4th of July. This sounds like an engaging historical account. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)ReplyDelete
:D Thanks, Rachel!Delete