David McCullough (1933-2022) was an American historian, known for his highly readable books about American history. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, once for his biography of Harry Truman and once for his biography of John Adams. He was awarded the US’s foremost civilian decoration, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2006. The announcement of the award cited McCullough as “one of our Nation’s most distinguished and honored historians. His books have earned him the respect of general audiences and scholars alike, and he is one of our foremost experts on the American Presidency.”
Books by David McCullough
Q. You’re also recommending the audiobook of Truman by David McCullough, narrated by Nelson Runger. Oh my goodness, this one is 54 hours! Was he a good president?
Harry Truman was a president that probably didn’t enjoy as much of a positive reputation for his presidency at the time, but the way McCullough was able to profile him brought him into a context that made his presidency better understood.
Interviews where books by David McCullough were recommended
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
by David McCullough
Wilderness At Dawn: The Settling of the North American Continent
by Ted Morgan
The Story of American Freedom
by Eric Foner
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
by Drew Gilpin Faust
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
by Hampton Sides
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