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David McCullough      

Historian and Celebrated Author

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.

Mr. McCullough’s most recent book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, the number one New York Times best seller, has been called “dazzling,” “an epic of ideas … history to be savored.” His previous 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.

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, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character."

Mr. McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. His work has been translated and published in 15 countries around the world, and, in all, more than 10,000,000 copies are in print. As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print.

David McCullough is as well twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal and the Gold Medal for Biography given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received fifty two honorary degrees.

In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television -- as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including Ken Burns’s The Civil War. His is also the narrator’s voice in the movie Seabiscuit.

John Adams, the seven-part mini-series on HBO, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, was one of the most acclaimed and talked about television events of recent years.

A gifted speaker, Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is also one of the few private citizens 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. He is an avid reader, traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture. He is as well a devoted painter. Mr. McCullough and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and nineteen grandchildren.

Mr. McCullough is presently working on a biography of the Wright brothers.

News


Journey through history with David McCullough - CBS News

60 Minutes on CBS News: Journey through history with David McCullough - Historian David McCullough reflects on America's past and travels with Morley Safer ...

David McCullough's Next Book? - Off the Shelf

The historian and author who has covered subjects from the Brooklyn Bridge to John Adams to the Panama Canal to Paris in the early 1900s, and who finds his ...

Historian David McCullough: No 'professional teacher should major ...

Everyone's a critic about the teaching profession. That includes award-winning historian David McCullough, who was profiled on CBS' “60 Minutes” on Sunday ...

David McCullough Plans Book About Aviation - NYTimes.com

The book will deal with the social and cultural implications of early aviation, according to the longtime researcher Michael Hill.

Pittsburgh's 16th Street Bridge renamed for historian David ...

David McCullough and his wife, Rosalee, unveil a replica plaque dedicating the David McCullough Bridge, formerly the 16th Street Bridge, Sunday at the Heinz ...

The voice of Ken Burns' The Civil War, historian David McCullough ...

David McCullough will discuss the critical role of history in education, life and citizenship -- particularly for young people -- in a special lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday ...

Scholars Steeped in Dead Politicians Take On a Live One: Donald ...

Experts assembled by the author David McCullough and the filmmaker Ken Burns are speaking with alarm on Facebook about the presidential candidate's place ...

David McCullough receives inaugural Lenfest award

David McCullough has won two Pulitzers, two National Book Awards, a slew of literary honors, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom over the course of a ...

Quote by David McCullough: “I've always been dissatisfied, I know ...

David McCullough — 'I've always been dissatisfied, I know that. But lately I find that I reek of discontentment. It fills my throat, and it floods my bra...

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