McCullough's book sets for itself a narrow scope, presumably with the intent of focusing a magnifying glass on a time, place, and persons of critical importance to the revolution. He clearly succeeds, but leaves me wanting more. In 1776, we cover the movements, battles, and decisions of the year, more or less ending with the triumphs of Trenton and Princeton. In the process, we see our first president suffer setbacks and the consequences of poor decisions. The author does a brilliant job of creating literary narrative of historic events and provides us with the details in a colorful way. It is deserving of the awards and praise, but I cannot leave the subject with the smallest of complaint: I wanted more. But perhaps I'm alone in enjoying the massive, thorny texts I do. All readers should enjoy this book greatly!