First off, I’ve wanted to read 1776 by David McCullough for a very long time, so I was super excited to order it off eBay (I typically buy all of my books used for the cheaper price). The cool thing about buying used books is that you sometimes get very interesting clues about where the book spent its life before it landed in your hands:
So, this used to be a book in the Denver, Colorado public library! Which explains why it’s pretty worn (but I don’t mind – it was only $4!!!). In addition to finding out this was once a library book, I also found someone’s airplane boarding pass placed snugly between two pages. Ain’t this a gem of a book already, before I even began reading it?
Also, shoutout to my George and Martha Washington figurines that I’ve owned for years, for finally having the perfect photo op!
Truthfully, I’ve never taken the time to really learn about the American Revolution (aside from the standard things I learned in school, but by now, my knowledge of it is pretty rusty). But I knew I wanted to learn in depth about this time period, and based on reviews, this is apparently the go-to book if you want to learn about the American Revolution – and I can see why! The writing style paints a vivid picture of the American patriots, as well as the British loyalists. It unfolds like a gripping story and is far from the dry history-book style of information that I remember from school.
Honestly, I get lost in this book – it’s that good. And if a book manages to do that, what more could I ask for???