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I generally don't consider myself artistic, but I was a part of creating a couple of masterpieces through the miracle of fatherhood:

1776

I finished ready David McCullough's 1776 earlier this week. I don't get a chance to read as much as I would like, so it took me a couple of weeks to finish this rather small historical book. I enjoyed the book. It didn't strike me as on the same level as McCullough's "John Adams", but I thought it was a good narrative on the events of the year 1776, and a good sketch of certain revolutionary personalities, particularly George Washington and Nathanael Greene. I don't think I learned any new "primary" information (of course, I always learn at least something new when I read anything.) However, I was reminded how precarious a situation the (pre) nation was actually in at the time. In fact, Washington nearly lost the confidence of the "powers that were", and in fact did lose the confidence of some of his closest aides. It's breathtaking to think of how many factors Washington had to overcome in order to win the war (short list: …