A Book Review of David McCullough’s 1776 By Jonathan Bevel United States History 201 Mrs. Whitmire December 6, 2017 McCullough, David. 1776 New York, NY Rockefeller Center 2005. 386 Pages George Washington one of America’s greatest military commanders and political leaders contributed the most to the victory of the American Revolution, according to the Pulitzer Prize winning book 1776 written by David McCullough. A Critical Review of 1776 by Jonathan Bevel Introduction In the book 1776, David McCullough tells the story and focuses on the events around the start of the American Revolution. The book includes a number of pages of colored pictures, also containing portraits and historical battlefield maps made by scholars at the time.
He talks about military events more than political. The work is considered the next piece to McCullough’s earlier biography of John Adam. Key Revolutionary War battles detailed in the book include the Battle of Dorchester Heights, the Battle of Long Island, and the Battle of Trenton.Summary This section contains a summary of 1776.
His book begins in London, England King George lll rides to parliament to handle the war in America. They agree to squash this American Revolt. King George sends military reinforcements to America led by three generals: William Howe, John Burgoyne, and Henry Clinton.
We are now introduced to one of the most influential men in American history. George Washington, the leader of the American troops, knows this will be a hard battle. His leadership is talked about in major battles throughout the book. David goes on to describe The Battle of Bunker Hill, Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Fort Washington, and ending it at the Battle of Trenton in 1776.The book as a whole ends with the narrator stating that the Americans will go on to win the war and become independent and even if many claimed that the French and the Dutch are the reason why the war was won, there are still many who attribute the winning of the war to George Washington.
Arthur’s Arguments McCullough’s purpose was to create a vivid and in depth account of what happened on the year 1776. McCullough extensively researched in the British and American history to gather accurate information pertaining the the American Revoluion.In having 100 percent accurate material McCullough completely supports his thesis by providing the reader with neutral information regarding the American War for Independence from Great Britain. David intends for students and scholars in History that want a complete and gory story of the revolutionary war in 1776. David also strongly believes the victory of the American revolution could majorly be given to George Washington. McCullough says that without qualification General George Washington’s perseverance not his brilliance as a commander was the foremost reason the colonists succeeded against Great Britain.
McCullough shows his opinion in a letter written to Joseph Reed, Washington states what he believed the basis for his perseverance would be: “If I shall be able to rise superior to these, and many other difficulties which might be enumerated, I shall most religiously believe that the finger of Providence is in it” (186). David McCullough’s 1776 portrays that George Washington is the main reason America won the revolution. Evaluation This section contains an evaluation of David’s book. Firstly , I have no doubt that all the information in this book is true. David got his information from prestige American and British historians and first hand accounts from the American Revolution. Information from journal entries and federal records are in the book. The pictures of the battlefields are from actual American and British engineers. This proves that the events in the book really did transpire.
Secondly, David tries to persuade you that George Washington was the main reason America won the American Revolution. I agree with this theory. One example of why is when the British had taken Philadelphia. The Continental Congress commanded George Washington to retake the city of Philadelphia, but George Washington did not. Which he had help from small groups of volunteer militia to perform guerilla warfare and cut off supplies which eventually led to the retreating of the British army.
This took knowledge and great leadership.Conclusion This critical review has evaluated the book 1776 by David McCullough. I personally like the book and love the realism David projects with having such exact information. The book really surprised me I’ve never liked nonfiction books but this one kept me interested the whole way. David is great author and writer the way he chooses his words and writing style is amazing.