Written by:
David McCullough
Narrated by:
David McCullough

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2005
11 hours 34 minutes
America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, 1776, interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of George Washington.

In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence—when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. 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 soldiers. And it is the story of the King’s men, the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.

Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough’s 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.
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Kevin G.

Great book and should be mandatory reading for all Americans.

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Amazing recount of 1776

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Gordon M.

Even the average citizen should know this story. This is the perfect way…with the author, RIP, reading it.

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Marie M.

This book taught me so much more about the American Revolution than I ever learned in history books. I have a much greater appreciation for how much was sacrificed and how many unlikely circumstances had to occur for independence to be realized.

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maria de cimini

I absolutely loved it. I will listen to it again. All schools should play this for their pupils.

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Andrew W.

Only complaint I have is no followup book

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Paula M.

Well done on delivering history. Wish it would have been a bit more story-based.

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Stephen C.

David McCullough's narration is as extraordinary as his writing. If only all of his books were available in his own voice.

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Martin T

Fantastic book about the miracle that became the USA. No doubt there were many people who helped the revolution succeed, but Washington is clearly the only one who could lead us to success. King George III said Washington was the "greatest man in the world" because he always put service over self, and never abused power. All Americans should read this to see what sacrifices and effort were made to create USA, and how lucky we are to be the USA.

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Karlee Barcafer

Had to read it for school, and I found it very dry. On the bright side, it is a good book to help you get sleepy before bed! The audio helped me get through it.

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Stevenson Ward

Very good read. Perhaps a little too much detail. but nevertheless enjoyable and educational.

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Chris Mays

An fascinating insider account of the individuals and circumstance of the war for independence.

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Taylor Sheldon

what an awesome book! if you like history you will love it!

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Biolife Technologies

I could not put this down, but I had too since it was so long, and worth every minute. It would be nice to have more by this writer. Very well done.

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