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Brave Companions: Portraits in History (urspr publ 1992; utgåvan 1992)

av David McCullough

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. HTML:From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.
The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.

Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, "the little woman who made the big war"; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America.

Different as they are from each other, McCullough's subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the reader, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon live
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Medlem:ben_r47
Titel:Brave Companions: Portraits in History
Författare:David McCullough
Info:Simon Schuster, Paperback, 240 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Brave Companions: Portraits In History av David McCullough (1992)

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    Vetenskapens bortglömde hjälte : Alexander von Humboldts äventyr av Andrea Wulf (rakerman)
    rakerman: McCullough's portrait of Alexander von Humboldt is a nice short introduction to the story that Andrea Wulf tells in full in The Invention of Nature.
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Everything written by David McCullough should be read without reservation. Incomparable. These stories, portraits, of historical figures come to life. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
The author has collected his favorite essays -- profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world, but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.

This was an interesting collection of essays that gave me a glimpse of various people or places that I mostly didn’t know anything about. McCullough makes the point that we all should know more about history by reading or traveling to new places and learning the history there. His enthusiasm comes through in his writing and is enjoyable to read. ( )
  gaylebutz | Feb 1, 2024 |
Portraits in history. Excellent stories of people and events that shaped our history.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I had read two of David McCullough's books and had just ordered two more at the time of his passing. These essays capture much of what he has written and cared about and I found most of them interesting even if the subject matter was something I don't normally read or spend time with. The fact that he is able to write about a vast array of items in our current history that has been so profound and put pen to these important markers is vital to our history and our time now. The book is well worth the read and I was able to read other books while spending an hour a day reading through these time-tested essays. ( )
  John_Hughel | Jan 29, 2023 |
This book is a compilation of articles that David McCullough has written over the years, consisting of mini-biographies and historical scenes. McCullough has a wonderful way of bringing history to life. As I usually expect in a collection of essays, some are more compelling than others. I particularly enjoyed the articles on Alexander von Humboldt, Louis “look at your fish” Agassiz, artist Frederic Remington, the construction of the Panama Railroad in the 1850s, and highlights of his visits to Washington DC. There is also an article written for Life Magazine’s 50th anniversary that distills the history of the US since 1936. I found it interesting that we are still learning the lessons McCullough recounts at the end of the book, which was published in 1991. I listened to the audio book, competently read by the author in his gravelly baritone. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. HTML:From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.
The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.

Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, "the little woman who made the big war"; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America.

Different as they are from each other, McCullough's subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the reader, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon live

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