Independence Day

by Larry Emmott on July 3, 2005

in General

From George Will:  at

David McCullough in his new book “1776,”  a birthday card to his country on this Independence Day. “Ingratitude,” he has said elsewhere, “is a shabby failing,” and he writes to inspire gratitude for what a few good men, and one great one, did in the nation’s Year One.

………….McCullough’s two themes in “1776” are that things could have turned out very differently, and that individuals of character can change the destinies of nations. There is a thirst for both themes in this country, which is in a less-than-festive frame of mind on this birthday.



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