Framing the Dialogue


It’s not hard to guess what David McCullough’s book 1776  might be about. Besides the title, the cover painting featuring General George Washington kind of gave it away also. David McCullough provides a detailed portrait of the fledgling United States as they faced off against the formidable armies and navies of world leader Great Britain. Having grown up in a era when American history was taught in grade school I knew of some of the battles and troubles facing Washington. I even knew that his brilliant career got off to a rather rocky start, but the devil is in the details and McCullough provides many details in a very readable way.

I always find it interesting reading historical books that the fate of something, in this case our nation, often comes down to one, two, or a dozen decisions by leaders that turn the tide or in this case stem the tide. We are, of course, looking at the situation in hindsight and vision from that perspective is almost always 20/20. I also find it interesting reading about famous people who maybe shouldn’t be so famous…you have to read about Nathan Hale yourself.

1776 begins in 1775 after Bunker Hill and before there was a Declaration of Independence. You’ll meet King George and little known heroes of our war for independence like Nathanael Greene and Henry Knox whose feats preserved our cause. McCullough’s book is “based on extensive research in both American and British archives” and the words and writings of many of the players was quoted in the book. This book is a must for history buffs and if you are not one of us then it is even more of a MUST for you as you begin your journey learning about our history.



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