Sunday, January 11, 2009


Book: 1776
Author: David McCullough
Like/Don't Like: I liked it but I wished someone had told me the story while wearing an authentic rebel uniform.

Here's the reason why I don't read history books. For me, it's like listening to a Civil War reenact without the benefit of a good laugh as you tell your friends about it later. But I felt a little patriotic last 4th of July so I started reading it. And I've been reading it ever since. It took me 5 months to make it through. Not that it wasn't fascinating. It was just that I already knew the ending. We won! Take that, Brits! And knowing that we won did not help in making me want to pick it back up. It was very well written and I suspect that I learned a lot, except that I can't actually remember any of it. Maybe it will come back to me if I'm ever on Jeopardy.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I've checked out this book from the library at least twice and never gotten far. Then I read "King George: What Was His Problem?" by Steve Sheinkin and I remember much more about it and had way more fun reading it. Here's where I blogged about it if you find yourself in a patriotic mood again: