“1776” by David McCollough should be a must-read for all Americans. Admittedly, I am a fan of McCollough’s books but this one is very special as it makes clear what unbelievable sacrifices were asked of Washington’s army. Midst great political opposition, both here and abroad, with troops ill-equipped to wage war, little money, food and clothing, it never appeared that they would win any war, and they didn’t for long periods of time. Far outnumbered by naval and ground troops, there really was no hope. With the largest cities at the time captured or threatened by the British and a shrinking and far outnumbered army, Washington was able to inspire his army to do what was thought impossible. I recommend this book, a Pulitzer prize winner, to anyone. It will make you proud to be an American!