Friday, April 15, 2016

M = MCCULLOUGH, David - Author, A-Z Blog Challenge 2016

Take me on a trip to a distant city, in a time already passed - tell me how it really was. . .

David McCullough has done that several times.

David McCullough at Emory University, 2007

M = McCullough, David, Author
Theme = Authors, AtoZ

David Gaub McCullough born in Pittsburg, July 7,1933, is an American author, narrator, historian and lecturer. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient and has been honoured with the National Book Award. He has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US. 

McCullough's first book was The Johnstown Flood 1968, and following his success with that, was Harry S. Truman, John Adams, and The Brooklyn Bridge.  McCullough also narrated many documentaries such as Seabiscuit, and The Civil War by Ken Burns.

As a child, McCullough's parents and his grandmother introduced him to books at an early age and read to him. He often heard his parents talking about history, a topic he says should be discussed more often. He decided to write about a subject showing "people were not always foolish and inept or irresponsible." So, he wrote the story of the Brooklyn Bridge, which he had walked across many times.

In 1977, McCullough travelled to the White House to advise Jimmy Carter on the Panama Canal issues. Carter later said the bill wouldn't have passed had it not been for the book which McCullough had written (The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal).

Quote: David McCullough
To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."


David McCullough lives in Boston and is married to Rosalee Barnes McCullough whom he met when she was just 17. They have five children and many grandchildren. He enjoys sports, history and art.

The Greater Journey, Americans in Paris . . . A Review by DGH


Have you heard of David McCullough or have you read any of his books?  If you have, let me know which ones. Do you like history based stories?

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A to Z Challenge - 2016

It's April again and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 4th year participating in the challenge! (Previous A to Z  posts at the top of my blog page tabs are: Art A-Z, French Faves, Paris, Etc. 

Thanks to originator Lee (Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out), and the co-hosts and co-host teams who make the challenge run smoothly. See the list of participants, and other important information at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days). On April 1st, you begin with the letter A, April 2 is the letter B, and so on. Posts can be random or use a theme.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016 - Badge A to Z Blog List



Wiki on McCullough 

David McCullough speaking at Emory University, on April 25, 2007.