'1776' Takes Readers to the Battlefront David McCullough tells Steve Inskeep about his new book 1776. The book chronicles the battles George Washington's army fought to win independence for America from Britain.
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'1776' Takes Readers to the Battlefront

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'1776' Takes Readers to the Battlefront

'1776' Takes Readers to the Battlefront

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'The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton' by John Trumbull is featured on the cover of '1776.' Simon & Schuster hide caption

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David McCullough Reads from '1776.'

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British ships under fire on the Hudson as they pass between Fort Lee and Fort Washington (right) on October 9, 1776. Dominic Serres/U.S. Naval Academy Museum hide caption

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British ships under fire on the Hudson as they pass between Fort Lee and Fort Washington (right) on October 9, 1776.

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The battles for American independence from Britain form the latest chapter of American history to draw David McCullough's attention.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, McCullough reports on the reality of life at war in 1776. The author follows George Washington and his army as they fight to end British rule in America.

McCullough reaches beyond oft-told, often mythical notions of the colonies' struggle for independence to glimpse history through the lives of people from all ranks of society.

McCullough writes in 1776 about the concept of independence:

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