An Evergreen Library favorite!
The intense human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of Independence. A powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. - KL

brilliant nonfiction
I always love finding nonfiction reads that feel like novels. This story is compelling while still retaining intriguing facts. I had to read it for my US history class, but I was glad to have a chance to learn more about my country in such an entertaining manner. The story details the first year of the American Revolution and all of the struggles the rebels faced. It is mostly unbiased, very reader friendly and approachable, and sheds new light on events we are all familiar with. Great read!

Excellent storytelling
I usually consider myself rather uninterested in history. After my wife recommended this to me, as well as hearing good reviews from other friends, I decided to give it a try. The book starts out a little slowly, but picks up fairly quickly and toward the end you can't put it down. It's remarkable to learn about how poor conditions were during the Revolutionary War and how much of the American population at the time was just fine with British rule. It's really nothing short of a miracle that America won the war, and this book tells that story in a very interesting way.

Master teacher presents
I have really enjoyed reading this book because I have learned so much about the beginning of this nation. I am grateful that the author David Mccullough could present his book the way that he did. I found it to be easy enough to read, thought provoking and touching in that I was able to understand and feel the price it took to make our nation what it is today.

Greater understanding of the American Revolution
I have always been very interested in history, especially American History. David McCullough does a great job of taking you back to the time period and events using quotes of people that lived it. I have a greater appreciation for those who fought for the liberties of the fledgling nation of the U.S. When the war started in 1775 most people hadn't even though about complete independence from Britain. They just wanted more rights and to be treated better. But soon things changed. The author does a great job of explaining things from the British side too. I didn't realize how many "loyalists" (to the Britain) there were in America. This made things even more difficult for Washington and his crew. I felt so downtrodden 2/3 of the way through the book. The American army just kept suffering blow after blow. If I didn't already know the outcome, I would have thought there was no way they would win the war. The book does end on more of a high note with the battle of Trenton and Princeton at the end of December 1776. I wanted to keep reading about the rest of the war. But I guess I will have to look other places.