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1776 by David McCullough
1776 is Pulitzer-Prize winner David McCullough's account of the year that changed both American and world history. He actually covers the period from the summer of 1775 to the winter of 1776-77, following the political debates in both London and the colonies, and recounting well-known events with an insightful perspective of the men involved. King George III promises to crush the colonial rebellion and George Washington, the slave-owning plantation owner from Virginia, takes control of an army made up of hard-drinking commoners and freed slaves whom he finds beneath him. Besides these historical figures, McCullough looks at many of the lesser known men, both in Great Britain and the states, who played a pivotal role in turning the tide of battle against the most powerful army in the world and setting the scene for launching a new nation out of the colonial desires of another. 1776 has received high praise with the Denver Post saying, "It is also one of the most compelling nonfiction works McCullough has written and should be required reading in living rooms from coast to coast."