I find myself with a few sporadic minutes during my day and I often fill them with the consumption of books. These readings lead to the notes that often become the inspiration of my articles. I have had a few people I consider friends publish their own books. After this alarming fact, I decided to jump on the opportunity to be lazy.
I wanted to start reviewing these books the NY Times won’t do due to the lack of connections. Amazon doesn’t mind burying those that lack a PR backing. But I choose to read and “embrace” them. I present to you the “Sunny Side Up Book Review”.
I had seldom heard anything in depth about the American Revolution when I was in school. We heard a few soft subject mentions of Paul Revere, Crispus Attucks, and the Boston Massacre. The rest of our class seemed to skip over anything else to end at General George Washington becoming our first president.
The book I am reviewing today is a book that filled in the blanks; I present to you David McCullough’s 1776. I had heard about this book from a few other people I knew. Not knowing much about it, I was blessed to have someone throw it at me.
1776 was one of the most well-written history books I have ever picked up. It wasn’t “sing songy” or pandering to the various idiotic groups that think that “woke” anything is a good idea. It was honest about the struggles of the colonists to break free of British rule.
McCullough’s work showed that the Continental army wasn’t led by some magnificent set of soldiers but just a few determined men that took their losses in stride. The army experienced a series of losses and not so successful opportunities to run away, but eventually found a way to prove themselves in battle.
The book may have left out when the French (and Swedish) showed up for the assist. But what the book left out was replaced by what I took as evidence of divine providence. It was interesting and it let the underdogs look believable for once. The less than perfect stayed that way.
You know how things ended up but this book gives you a better picture of things. You can do a little bit better than elementary school with this one.
I am loathe to tell this book’s story when you should get a copy and read it yourself. You may do so at the link below.