It is a wonder that America exists at all.
When you consider how outmanned, outgunned, and outstrategized these thirteen upstart colonies were when they declared war on England for their independence, it’s scary to think how close this country came to missing its birth.
David McCullough is one of my very favorite biographers, and his 1776 is a gripping, exciting read about how the United States of America united its states and became America.
He describes in detail the gritty battles, the hardships faced on both sides, and both the strategic decisions and happy accidents that won the war.
One of the things I really appreciate about McCullough is that he doesn’t limit himself to reciting facts. He’s telling a story. It’s a true story, but he interprets the facts in a way that helps you to see what Washington was probably thinking when he received this dispatch or that letter. He’s not only telling the story of the Revolutionary War, but of the people who fought it. He really brings history to life on the page.
I still like his biographies the most; McCullough’s at his best when he immerses himself in a person’s life. But his telling of the story of the birth of our nation is a must-read for history buffs and patriots.