Published in 2005 by a prominent American historian, David McCoullogh’s 1776 discusses the events of American Revolution and is considered a companion of his Pulitzer winning biography of John Adams, which was adapted by HBO into miniseries. The focus of the text is more on military, complete with illustrations of battlefields, rather than on politics. The key element of the text is its portrayal of George Washington’s leadership which is problematized by his indecisiveness. McCoullogh historical narrative comes alive with its depictions of histories. History of the great leaders and history of the common soldiers. History of the unification of America and history of the mighty British Empire that wants to break them. Publisher’s Weekly commends its “fascinating subject matter, expert research and detailed, graceful prose.”
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