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David McCullough (1933–2022)

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David McCullough was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Yale University in 1955. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a trainee at Sports Illustrated. He later worked as a writer and editor for the United visa mer States Information Agency, in Washington, D.C., including a position at American Heritage. His first book, The Johnstown Flood, was published in 1968. His other books include 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. He received the Pulitzer Prize twice for Truman and John Adams and the National Book Award twice for The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal and Mornings on Horseback. He also won two Francis Parkman Prizes, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award. Two of his books, Truman and John Adams, have been adapted into a television movie and mini-series, respectively, by HBO. In December 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He also made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2015 with his book The Wright Brothers, and in 2017 with The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. (Bowker Author Biography) David McCullough is a writer, historian, lecturer, & teacher. He has received the Pulitzer Prize for "Truman", as well as the Francis Parkman Prize, & the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award. He is also a two-time winner of the National Book Award, for history & for biography. He lives in Massachusetts. (Publisher Provided) visa färre


Verk av David McCullough

John Adams (2001) 13,381 exemplar
1776 (2005) 12,811 exemplar
Truman (1992) 5,730 exemplar
The Wright Brothers (2015) 3,138 exemplar
The Johnstown Flood (1968) 2,200 exemplar
1776: The Illustrated Edition (2007) 766 exemplar
John Adams [2008 TV mini series] (2008) — Screenwriter — 176 exemplar
The Course of Human Events (2004) 110 exemplar
1776 {abridged audiobook} (2005) 30 exemplar
Truman I (1992) 9 exemplar
Collecting History (2009) 8 exemplar
American History 7 exemplar
Truman II (1992) 7 exemplar
Faces 2 exemplar
Short Stories 1 exemplar
Adams (John Adams) 1 exemplar

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Character Above All: Ten Presidents from FDR to George Bush (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 104 exemplar
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Reagan: An American Story (1998) — Förord — 21 exemplar
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American Experience: The Wright Stuff [1996 TV episode] (2003) — Berättare — 4 exemplar
American Experience: The Great War 1918 [1989 TV episode] (1989) — Berättare — 3 exemplar
American Experience: Ike [1993 TV episode] (2000) — Berättare — 2 exemplar
The Great Air Race of 1924 [1989 film] — Berättare — 1 exemplar
The Wizard of Photography: George Eastman (2000) — Berättare — 1 exemplar


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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
McCullough, David Gaub
West Tisbury Village Cemetery, West Tisbury, Massachusetts, USA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Hingham, Massachusetts, USA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
West Tisbury, Massachusetts, USA
New York, New York, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Yale University (B.A. ∙ English ∙ 1955)
Linden Avenue Grade School
Shady Side Academy
television host
Lawson, Dorie McCullough (daughter)
McCullough, Rosalee Barnes (wife)
McCulllough, Hax (brother)
Wilder, Thornton (teacher)
Warren, Robert Penn (teacher)
Skull and Bones (Yale University)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature, 2006)
Priser och utmärkelser
National Book Award, Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (1995)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2006)
Jefferson Lecture (2003)
Charles Frankel Prize (1995)
Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award
National Humanities Medal (1995) (visa alla 10)
Christopher Life Achievement Award (2008)
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Award (2012)
Pulitzer Prize (1993 for 'Truman')
Pulitzer Prize (2002 for 'Adams')
Morton Janklow
Kort biografi
David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback; His other widely praised books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood. He has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.



The Path Between the Seas group read i 2013 Category Challenge (november 2013)


David McCullough is a writer with the rare ability to propel me through heavy tomes on subjects I know little about. I have never been to Brooklyn, but McCullough engaged me in the drama of the construction of the iconic bridge across the East River. The Great Bridge is his second book. It solidified his reputation as a writer and researcher after his impressive start writing about the Johnstown flood.
McCullough has often said that history is about people, in this case, John Roebling and his son Washington, the designer and chief engineer who got the bridge built. John Roebling had built suspension aqueducts and a railroad suspension bridge across the Niagara, and his family owned a company that produced high-quality wire. He was a hard-headed, meticulous man absolutely committed to his work. Just before construction on the Brooklyn project was about to begin, his toes were crushed at a ferryboat landing. He ignored the advice of his doctors and died from the resulting infection.
His son Washington was a civil engineer with a degree from a rigorous program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He built several bridges for the Union Army and commanded forces at the Battle of Gettysburg. When his father died in 1869, he took over the job of chief engineer and saw the bridge through to completion in 1883. Working in the underwater caissons building the foundations for the bridge’s towers, he suffered from the bends, a disease little understood at the time. He was invalided for the last several years of the project and saw the bridge only through a telescope at his home. He hired a doctor for the project who did groundbreaking work on decompression, but like his father, he ignored good medical advice. His wife, who shared his intelligence and character traits, acted for him when he was ill. She said, and he agreed, that she had more common sense than most engineers. Getting the bridge project through the corrupt, rough-and-tumble politics of Tweed-era New York was a major achievement for a man too ill to attend meetings and twist arms.
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Tom-e | 57 andra recensioner | Nov 25, 2023 |
Incredible the amount of detail author David McCullough is able to muster to flesh out this very compelling story of the struggle of 1776. I learned a lot, and developed a much deeper appreciation for some of the key battles and skirmishes of the American Revolution. From a literary perspective, the story wanes between pages of slightly too much detail to moments of sheer tension and enlightenment. McCullough tells a very human story, focusing on the known facts surrounding key characters, like Nathanael Greene, Charles Lee, Henry Clinton, Charles Cornwallis, William Howe, and George Washington. Highly recommend it for anyone interested in the period.… (mer)
nakedspine | 241 andra recensioner | Nov 16, 2023 |
David McCullough, who died last year, was one of America’s best writers on historical subjects. He studied English and art at Yale, went to work for the U.S. Information Agency during the Kennedy administration, and discovered his true calling when he saw a Library of Congress display of photographs of the devastation caused by the 1889 collapse of a reservoir dam above a Pennsylvania coal mining town. The reservoir was a private fishing resort owned by the titans of the steel industry in Pittsburgh, 65 miles away. The flood wiped out several closely packed communities and killed more than 2,000 people.
When McCullough could not find a book that told him what he wanted to know about the event, he decided to write the book he wanted to read. He faced a significant problem sifting out the “wild exaggerations and outright nonsense” of newspaper accounts that many people of the time found credible. He sifted through photographs, letters, diaries, and interviews with survivors.
The result reads like the best new journalism, letting people tell their stories with enough factual background to make the events clear and vivid. For many, the flood was experienced first as a sound in the dark: “It began as a deep, steady rumble, they would say; then it grew louder and louder until it became an avalanche of sound, ‘a roar like thunder.’” One man described it memorably as “just like a lot of horses grinding oats.”
McCullough’s conclusions are few but telling. The dam builders were not the experts they pretended to be, and the people of Johnstown mistakenly assumed that “the people who were responsible for their safety were behaving responsibly.” These are lessons we still need to learn.
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Tom-e | 68 andra recensioner | Nov 13, 2023 |
If you are looking for a one volume biography of one of the most important and influential of our founding fathers, you will be hard pressed to find one better than this. David McCullough not only makes John Adams approachable but he makes those that were intimate family and friends approachable as well.
everettroberts | 191 andra recensioner | Oct 20, 2023 |



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