David McCullough, an acclaimed historian and author was born in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Growing up his parents and grandmother encouraged him to read. He eventually attended Yale university and received a degree in English Literature. In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale it illustrates, “As a historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.” He did an apprenticeship at Time and American Heritage doing research, whilst there his love for research and writing blossomed. David’s initial intention was to be a playwright or fictional writer but pursued historical nonfiction. After his debut as a full time writer David became very successful. He became a recipient of many awards including two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. 1776 was a hit from McCullough, it presented a thrilling story of our nation’s birth. This book covers the most important year of the revolutionary war through the point of view of Washington as the reader follows him and his men through many loses, retreats, and profound success.
The book opens on Oct. 26, 1775 with King George III riding to the Houses of Parliament to address the war in America. In the Houses of Parliament, George III effectively declares the colonies to be in rebellion against Great Britain and points out that the colonists outnumber the British. The members of Parliament assure the King that the Americans don’t pose a serious threat because they lack control. George III firmly believes that “America must be made to obey” so he sends military forces to end the american traitors uprising. He announces that he is going to put an end to the disorder that had turned violent at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.