• by David McCullough
  • Narrated by David McCullough
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this stirring audiobook, 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 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 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. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost: Washington, who had never before led an army in battle. The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did. 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.


Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: McCullough has multiple Pulitzers and an AudioFile Earphones Award for a reason. His journalistically rich account is perfectly paired with his pleasant and matter-of-fact narrative tone, revealing the complicated realities of the most pivotal year in American history. If you are even slightly interested in the Revolutionary War, then this is a must-listen. —Chris Doheny


What the Critics Say

2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Nonfiction
"A first-rate historical account." (Booklist)
"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)
"A stirring and timely work, reminding us that it's soldiers rather than 'tavern patriots and windy politicians' who have always paid the price of American idealism and determined its successes. (The New York Times)


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Great Book

After hearing David McCullough for so long on narratives on TV, who cannot doubt that he has one of the best voices around. His voice reads first class material, self authored. 1776 chronicles the events on the North American continent of one of the most important years in the last millenium. It begins just after Lexington/Concord and carries through the significance of Trenton/Princeton.

Listening to it, I gathered a great sense about the particular acts, which severed the already fragile relationship of the English America with the mother country. The character of the two countries, still recognizable today, comes across in the story of the military and political contests of that year.

It is delightful and well worth the time listening.
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- Shawn

Very good, light, critical history

This is very good, relatively light & short, critical history. It is not enormously scholarly (I imagine that the paper volume is short on footnotes & bibliography), but it is in the inimitable McCullough tradition -- well-written, well-paced, not excessively fawning or deliberately breast-beating patriotic (in contrast to the late Stephen Ambrose's approach to just about everything), contains a good mixture of narrative, analysis & criticism, and helps the reader understand (both "novice" and the historiographers among us) the implications of what happened. An excellent complement to this work, also enormously readable but with a greater claim on original scholarship, is David Hackett Fischer's "Washington's Crossing," which is available on Audible as well. McCullough himself is the narrator, and he reads with vigor & emphasis, helping things move along.
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- D. Littman "history buff"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2005
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio