Friday, April 7, 2017

1776

I always imagined American Revolution as victorious & heroic feat. In fact it is, but I never comprehend the atrocities, agony, betrayals and human infliction that they have gone through.

In my mind, Washington was always the “The Great General”, the lord of the pantheon. I had forgotten that he was still a mortal. Here, McCullough reveals us that he is human. Time and again he was indecisive and committed grave mistakes. 1776 unfolds the soul of Washigton and the men who fought with him. As Thomas Pain rightly called out, “These are the times that try men's souls”. Indeed soul of entire nation and of course outcome is nothing short of a miracle!


David McCullough has unfolded the story of 1776, in more vivid but with more sense. He is the best historical storyteller that I have come across.