David McCullough has been called a "master of the art of narrative history." His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and insight into American life, and for their literary distinction. In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breath, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character."...See more
David McCullough has been called a "master of the art of narrative history." His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and insight into American life, and for their literary distinction. In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breath, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character." Mr. McCullough is twice winner of the National Book Award, twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize. For his monumental "Truman", he received the Pulitzer Prize. For his work overall, he has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, the St. Louis Literary Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, and the New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award. His books include "The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, "and "Truman." As may be said of the work of few writers, none of his books have ever been out of print. In a crowded, productive career, Mr. McCullough has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television -- as host of "Smithsonian World, The American Experience, " and narrator of numerous documentaries including "The Civil War" and "Napoleon." He is a past president of the Society of American Historians. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received 31 honorary degrees. A gifted speaker, Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House, as part of the White House presidential lecture series. He is also one of the few private citizens to be asked to speak before a joint session of Congress. Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, Mr. McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. An avid reader, traveler, and landscape painter, he lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts with his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough. They have five children and fifteen grandchildren. See less
The following is a personality profile of David McCullough based on his work.
David McCullough is heartfelt, somewhat insensitive and skeptical.
He is calm-seeking, he prefers activities that are quiet, calm, and safe. He is empathetic as well: he feels what others feel and is compassionate towards them. But, David McCullough is also calm under pressure: he handles unexpected events calmly and effectively.
More than most people, his choices are driven by a desire for belongingness.
He is relatively unconcerned with both taking pleasure in life and tradition. He prefers activities with a purpose greater than just personal enjoyment. And he cares more about making his own path than following what others have done.
This book goes way beyond the mini-series. I have enjoyed listening to this book slowly but surely, eavesdropping on the comments left in letters of John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson and so ... Read More
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