The cover's artwork is The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton by John Trumbull.
|Subject||History/U.S. History/American Revolution/Military History|
|Published||May 24, 2005|
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
978-1-4165-4210-0 (Illustrated Edition)
|LC Class||E208 .M396 2005|
|Preceded by||John Adams|
|Followed by||The Greater Journey|
1776 (released in the United Kingdom as 1776: America and Britain At War) is a book written by David McCullough, first published by Simon & Schuster on May 24, 2005. The work is considered a companion piece to McCullough's earlier biography of John Adams, and focuses on the events surrounding the start of the American Revolution. While revolving mostly around the leadership (and often indecisiveness) of George Washington, there is also considerable attention given to King George III, General Howe, Henry Knox, and Nathanael Greene. Key Revolutionary War battles detailed in the book include the Battle of Dorchester Heights, the Battle of Long Island, and the Battle of Trenton. The actual signing of the Declaration of Independence is treated as a somewhat minor detail, as the main focus of the book is on military rather than political events. The book includes multiple pages of full color illustrations, including portraits and historical battlefield maps made by British engineers at the time.
1776: The Illustrated Edition was released on October 2, 2007. The Illustrated Edition contains 140 images and thirty-seven removable replicas of source documents. More than three dozen source documents—including a personal letter George Washington penned to Martha about his commission, a note informing the mother of a Continental soldier that her son has been taken prisoner, and a petition signed by Loyalists pledging their allegiance to the King—are re-created in uniquely designed envelopes throughout the book and secured with the congressional seal.
The text closely mirrors the original book, but omits or summarizes some parts deemed too long. The Illustrated Edition comes with its own protective slipcase, decorated with The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776 by John Trumbull and has a "fake watermark" of the Great Seal of the United States on the back and front. The book is plain covered in blue with the golden embossed numbers "1776".
Publishers Weekly "This is a narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research and detailed, graceful prose.
Kirkus Reviews "A master story-teller's character driven account of a storied year in the American Revolution. A sterling account."
Library Journal "...McCullough brilliantly captures the Spirit of '76 in Washington's miraculous victories at Trenton and Princeton. An altogether marvelous contribution that deserves to be read by every American."
- Official Site at Simon & Schuster
- Presentation by McCullough on 1776 to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, June 9, 2005
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with McCullough on 1776, August 7, 2005
- Presentation by McCullough on 1776 at the National Book Festival, September 24, 2005
- Presentation by McCullough on 1776 at the Texas State Capital, October 29, 2005