November 8, 2005

David McCullough

Founding Fathers – We’re at a moment in American publishing when a handful of old, white men are writing about the “handful” of old, white men who founded the United States of America. There are other tales to tell than The Great Men Tales, but this trend would be easier to criticize if the stories and the writers weren’t so damned good. Here, David McCullough recounts the rousing tale of courage, commitment and extraordinary luck in one critical year as General George Washington leads an out-manned, out-trained and out-gunned army away from defeat toward victory. Maybe it’s just because, with each passing day, I myself grow closer toward becoming an old, white man, but I cannot help but think: Why wasn’t history this interesting when I was a kid?


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