1777

  • by John S. Pancake
  • Narrated by Robert Thaler
  • 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"A revisionist view of the Revolution's most crucial year...it explodes many of the myths surrounding Burgoyne's Canadian expedition and Howe's Pennsylvania campaign. There is a wealth of fascinating detail in this book, including information on arms and supplies, rations for women camp followers, and even the numbers of carts (30-odd) carrying Burgoyne's luggage." (History Book Club Newsletter)

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What the Critics Say

"A revisionist view of the Revolution's most crucial year... it explodes many of the myths surrounding Burgoyne's Canadian expedition and Howe's Pennsylvania campaign. There is a wealth of fascinating detail in this book." (History Book Club Newsletter)
"Smooth and easy reading, enlivened by anecdotes (with which the author has a sure touch) and based on extensive research." (Journal of American History)
"A timely addition to the literature of the War of Independence, useful both to scholars and to general readers." (American Historical Review)

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Customer Reviews

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Would you consider the audio edition of 1777 to be better than the print version?

Maybe. Its well read and dramatic. Maybe it makes it easier to understand. The audio is required along with the book for our class in American History over the summer here in college.
I guess the author has written a classic according to our history Prof. John S. Pancake is quoted often by other students of the American Revolution and I sure was impressed


What did you like best about this story?

Well battle strategy in the book is pretty cool. Quite a bit of detail on the armies, how they fought, why they fought,etc. who was making up the armies on either side, who the generals were, why the countries went to war


Have you listened to any of Robert Thaler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. I don't listen to audiobooks often. This one was required listening for the course. The guy's voice was special and he seemed like he was right in the thick of it. Like he was a general or something.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

don't know what you mean by tag line actually. This thing was 13 hours long and I can't really sum it up in 3 or 4 words


Any additional comments?

Very professional writing. Very professional sounding. Lots of stuff I did not know before about George Washington. There are chapters I might leave out early in the book but then it really gets moving and is quite exciting actually. You keep thinking the Americans are going to lose the war because they lose so many of the battles.

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- William

Liked it

Would you consider the audio edition of 1777 to be better than the print version?

Yes.
Print version is dry. Narrator sells it with his voice.


What other book might you compare 1777 to and why?

I read quite a bit of battle history. The format and style are similar to Bruce Catton. The writer does not have the flair of Shelby Foote but the book does work and that would be asking too much


Which scene was your favorite?

Freeman's Farm and the Hessians holding the center of the Brit line there.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The flanking and collapse of Putnam's wing under Washington at Long Island I think it was. SHould never have happened. Poorly generaled. Poorly scounted. They screwed the pooch on that one Actually scared me, it was very close to the end early in the War at that point.


Any additional comments?

I'm pretty critical when it comes to history and battles. So many of them are not accurate or are exaggerated to sell the damn book. Not the case here. Pretty sobering account of the first years of this great conflagration. I'm glad they found a guy with a strong delivery to read it, maybe he served in the military or something.

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- bob

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks