David McCullough

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David McCullough


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in Pittsburgh, The United States
July 07, 1933

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David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history,” “a matchless writer.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

(update: His most recent book is The Wright Brothers, published on May 5th 2015 by Simon & Schuster.)

Mr. McCullough’s most recent book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, the #1 New York Times bestseller, has been called “dazzling…history to be savored.” His work 1776 has been acclaimed “a classic,” while John Adams, published in 2001, remains one of the most praised and widely read American biographies of all time.

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Average rating: 4.08 · 414,932 ratings · 20,807 reviews · 64 distinct works · Similar authors
John Adams

4.06 avg rating — 180,841 ratings — published 2001 — 36 editions
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1776

4.06 avg rating — 108,552 ratings — published 2005 — 8 editions
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Truman

4.26 avg rating — 37,745 ratings — published 1992 — 22 editions
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The Wright Brothers

4.13 avg rating — 24,114 ratings — published 2015 — 17 editions
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Mornings on Horseback

4.10 avg rating — 15,956 ratings — published 1981 — 23 editions
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The Greater Journey: Americ...

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The Johnstown Flood

4.10 avg rating — 11,581 ratings — published 1968 — 23 editions
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The Path Between the Seas: ...

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The Great Bridge: The Epic ...

4.22 avg rating — 7,811 ratings — published 1972 — 28 editions
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Brave Companions

3.96 avg rating — 2,219 ratings — published 1991 — 11 editions
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May 2015, David McCullough
"The two-time Pulitzer winner chronicles the daredevil ingenuity of two bicycle mechanics destined for greatness in his new work of narrative history, The Wright Brothers." ...More

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“Once upon a time in the dead of winter in the Dakota Territory, Theodore Roosevelt took off in a makeshift boat down the Little Missouri River in pursuit of a couple of thieves who had stolen his prized rowboat. After several days on the river, he caught up and got the draw on them with his trusty Winchester, at which point they surrendered. Then Roosevelt set off in a borrowed wagon to haul the thieves cross-country to justice. They headed across the snow-covered wastes of the Badlands to the railhead at Dickinson, and Roosevelt walked the whole way, the entire 40 miles. It was an astonishing feat, what might be called a defining moment in Roosevelt’s eventful life. But what makes it especially memorable is that during that time, he managed to read all of Anna Karenina. I often think of that when I hear people say they haven’t time to read.”
David McCullough

“To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."

[The Title Always Comes Last; NEH 2003 Jefferson Lecturer interview profile]”
David McCullough

“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard."

(Interview with NEH chairman Bruce Cole, Humanities, July/Aug. 2002, Vol. 23/No. 4)”
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