David McCullough

David McCullough is widely acclaimed as a "master of the art of narrative history" and "a matchless writer." He is a two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and in 2006 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom-America`s highest civilian honor.

McCullough`s books have been cited for their scholarship, understanding of American life, insight into individual character and "vibrant prose." His book "1776" (Simon & Schuster, 2005)--No. 1 New York Times, national best seller (hardcover and paperback)--has been dubbed "brilliant," "powerful" and "a classic." "John Adams" (Simon & Schuster, 2001) remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time (more than 2 million copies).


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David McCullough is widely acclaimed as a "master of the art of narrative history" and "a matchless writer." He is a two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and in 2006 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom-America`s highest civilian honor.

McCullough`s books have been cited for their scholarship, understanding of American life, insight into individual character and "vibrant prose." His book "1776" (Simon & Schuster, 2005)--No. 1 New York Times, national best seller (hardcover and paperback)--has been dubbed "brilliant," "powerful" and "a classic." "John Adams" (Simon & Schuster, 2001) remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time (more than 2 million copies).

To quote the text 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."

Additional McCullough books include "The Johnstown Flood," "The Great Bridge," "The Path Between the Seas," "Mornings on Horseback," "Brave Companions" and "Truman." As can be said of few writers, none of his books ever has been out of print.

Twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, McCullough`s work also has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award and the National Humanities Medal. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, while receiving more than 40 honorary degrees.

McCullough`s extensive journalism resume includes stints as an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer and very familiar presence on public television, as host of both "Smithsonian World" and "The American Experience." He is the narrator`s voice in the Academy Award Best Picture-nominee "Seabiscuit," as well as numerous documentaries, including "The Civil War."

A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured throughout America (including the White House) and abroad. He is also one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.

AT A GLANCE: Born in Pittsburgh, David McCullough was educated at Yale, where he graduated with honors in English literature. He is an avid reader and traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art, architecture and painting. McCullough and his wife, Rosalee Barnes McCullough, have five children and 18 grandchildren.

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