- Gebundene Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon & Schuster; Auflage: New. (24. Mai 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0743226712
- ISBN-13: 978-0743226714
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 3,3 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 9 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 72.670 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
1776 (Rough Cut) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 24. Mai 2005
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Esteemed historian David McCullough covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776 with characteristic insight and a gripping narrative, adding new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution. It was a turbulent and confusing time. As British and American politicians struggled to reach a compromise, events on the ground escalated until war was inevitable. McCullough writes vividly about the dismal conditions that troops on both sides had to endure, including an unusually harsh winter, and the role that luck and the whims of the weather played in helping the colonial forces hold off the world's greatest army. He also effectively explores the importance of motivation and troop morale--a tie was as good as a win to the Americans, while anything short of overwhelming victory was disheartening to the British, who expected a swift end to the war. The redcoat retreat from Boston, for example, was particularly humiliating for the British, while the minor American victory at Trenton was magnified despite its limited strategic importance.
Some of the strongest passages in 1776 are the revealing and well-rounded portraits of the Georges on both sides of the Atlantic. King George III, so often portrayed as a bumbling, arrogant fool, is given a more thoughtful treatment by McCullough, who shows that the king considered the colonists to be petulant subjects without legitimate grievances--an attitude that led him to underestimate the will and capabilities of the Americans. At times he seems shocked that war was even necessary. The great Washington lives up to his considerable reputation in these pages, and McCullough relies on private correspondence to balance the man and the myth, revealing how deeply concerned Washington was about the Americans' chances for victory, despite his public optimism. Perhaps more than any other man, he realized how fortunate they were to merely survive the year, and he willingly lays the responsibility for their good fortune in the hands of God rather than his own. Enthralling and superbly written, 1776 is the work of a master historian. --Shawn Carkonen
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"This is a narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research and detailed, graceful prose. ...Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners."
-- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A master story-teller's character driven account of a storied year in the American Revolution. A sterling account."
-- Kirkus, Starred Review
"...McCullough brilliantly captures the Spirit of '76 in Washington's miraculous victories at Trenton and Princeton. An altogether marvelous contribution that deserves to be read by every American."
-- Library Journal
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Der Text folgt der Taschenbuchausgabe - einzelne Kapitel sind gekürzt worden oder entfielen. Zum reinen Lesen empfiehlt sich eh das Taschenbuch - die "Illustrated Edition" ist zu gross, zu schwer und vornehmlich für das Auge gedacht. Das kriegt dann aber allerhand geboten.
1776 ist gut geschrieben und man kann dem roten Faden des Autors ganz gut folgen, aber mir mir erschließt sich nicht so ganz der Sinn dieses Buches, da es keine bahnbrechend neuen Erkenntnisse zum Besten gibt.
Es gibt genügend Literatur, die die Zeitspanne, die hier behandelt wird, wieder und wieder beleuchtet hat. Ein zweites Mal würde ich mir das Buch nicht holen.
Wegen der fehlenden "Aha - Erlebnisse" gibt es von mir nur 3 Sterne.
Therefore, how could McCullough's text on 1776 not be a success? Divided into three major sections, the story of the year 1776 is perhaps different in this retelling than typical story because McCullough confines himself to this one, fateful year, and does the telling without a great deal of back-interpretation that casts a better glow. When things look bleak, they are bleak - indeed, if one did not know the subsequent history, one might think at the end of this text that the American forces were destined to lose.
In some ways, this year could be entitled 'The Tale of Two Georges', and in his presentation of both Washington and King George, McCullough is careful to separate fact from later legendary accretions. The king was not the villain of later American schoolchildren's lore, and George Washington, while heroic, was still a human being faced with uncertain times and fallible decisions. However, it is in other characters that McCullough's talents really shine. One such figure is Nathanael Greene, the youngest general in the American army (McCullough said in an interview with Charlie Rose that Greene is perhaps his favourite character in this book).
The course of the narrative takes the reader back and forth from England to America, and looks both at the political and military issues in both places.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Inhaltlich ein tolles Buch, reichlich illustriert. Die Reprints im Innern liefern zudem Geschichte zum Anfassen und sollte man die alten Briefe von George Washington doch nicht mehr lesen können. So gibt es zu jeder Beilage einen informativen Text. Mangelhaft an diesem Buch finde ich allerdings seine Verarbeitung, so dass es zur Höchstwertung leider nicht reicht - 4 Sterne.
While there's nothing new in the material, this book will be a revelation for those who mainly know the political history of the American Revolution. That political history wouldn't mean anything except for the military having found its footing and eventually succeeding against the British with a lot of help from our friends, the French.
The book's main focus is on the efforts to secure the British evacuation from Boston, the ill-led and disastrous defense of Long Island and New York City, the bloody retreat through New Jersey, and the counter-attacks at Trenton and Princeton.
Mr. McCullough does a fine job of putting the military history into context in terms of politics, social and economic conditions, the weather, provisioning, atrocities and the maneuvering between Great Britain and the Americans.
Within the military history, there's a superb consideration of strategy, structure, resources, command styles, personalities and terrain. In many cases, you will feel like you were there. He brings an intensity that many of the best of the Civil War historians bring to their descriptions of those battles.
Overall, though, this is a biography of George Washington as a learning military leader who wasn't up to the challenge . . . but won out through determination and perseverance in the face of enormous disadvantages, crushing setbacks and personal anguish. I suspect you'll see Washington differently after reading this book.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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For me, not knowing anything of American History, this is a book I'm so happy to have read. I will certainly go deeper. All so greatly written by D. McCullough. Not my last....Vor 13 Monaten von hillary veröffentlicht
The title of this book is a little misleading. The material actually covers from the beginning of the Continental army in defending Boston during 1775 after Bunker Hill, Lexington... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. Februar 2007 von Donald Mitchell
David McCullough is fast becoming the most popular historian of Americana in the country. His books are the sort that run counter to publishing conventional wisdom - he regularly... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Februar 2006 von FrKurt Messick