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."

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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
http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2014/03/the-greater-journey-americans-in-paris.html

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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?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and I'll respond. Thanks for dropping by!


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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


http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-z-challenge-sign-up-list-2016.html A to Z Blog List

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References:

Wiki on McCullough
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_McCullough 

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

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22 comments:

  1. Hi DG - I certainly haven't heard of him ... but I totally agree we should discuss history and learn as we go. Fascinating man and another author I need to keep an eye out for ...

    Wonderful post - cheers Hilary

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    1. I think you would like his writing Hilary, I did. I would like to read more - especially the San Fran Earthquake or maybe the Chicago Fire. I like biographies too and he's written some of those. (Hubs bought the Greater Journey book before he became ill, as it was about Paris).

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  2. You've reminded me of another book I read when I was in NY in the 70s ... The Napoleon of NY - Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and Commissioner Moses ... the book I read I think was about Commissioner Moses - but might have been this one ...

    In the look inside Robert Moses the Commissioner is mentioned on pages 4 and 5 and perhaps elsewhere ...

    It's not the Moses book I thought - but looks interesting ... it's in my Amazon wish list ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. I wonder who wrote that book you saw, but if you look at the wiki on McCullough, it shows a list of his works. That New York mayor was well known - didn't they name an airport after him?

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  3. I love David McCullough's quote. A proper reading of history enlarges our sense of what it means to be human in all of its merits and flaws.

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    1. Exactly, Roland. I like your words on history too! I think you need the past information to understand our present 'state' and how we got here. . .

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  4. I've got a copy of Truman on my bookshelf but have yet to read it even though I've had it for many years. It's a very thick book. I do like non-fiction, but I just don't read as much as I probably should.

    I've seen a number of the shows he's narrated or been involved with, but I didn't associate him with those until now.

    The books on the Johnstown flood and the Brooklyn Bridge sound particularly interesting to me.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. He's a natural historian, and I like biographies too (I've read about a few of the earlier presidents and of course I loved Jimmy Carter - he's such a nice man for a politician) Pick up that book Lee or get one of those you're interested in - I think you might be better off starting with one of those since Truman hasn't called to you. . .

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  5. I've definitely heard of him but never read anything. Living in Boston, I'm sure he was on the local PBS station, WGBH.

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    1. He just has that general 'distinguished' look about him like Cronkite did.

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  6. I love history, will definitely look up his books. He's also from my neighborhood! :) I especially love biographies!

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    1. You would probably like his books if the subject matter appeals, which is why I liked The Greater Journey about Americans in Paris in the 1800s.
      I recommend what I've read so far. Smart guy.

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  7. I read Truman. McCullough is a fantastic writer. I'm glad you featured him here today along with his books and background.

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    1. It's my pleasure to feature these authors that I have read, cleemckenzie, I like the research too.

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  8. I read The Jonestwon Flood which was very interesting.

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    1. I haven't read that one yet, but it sounds ominous.

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  9. One of my absolute favorite writers. Really knows how to make history come alive.

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    1. I like authors who do the research and include the details. I can see McCullough becoming a fave with me too. Glad to see you dropping by, LG!

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  10. I like him so much from TV, but I don't think I have read any books by him. I will keep that in mind when it come time to find something new to read.

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    1. Well he has written a lot, Inger, I've read The Greater Journey which is about Americans in Paris (I reviewed it), now I'd like to read the San Francisco book and the Chicago Fire book. Hope you can give him a try, they are big books, but I read a chunk of it every day. . .

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  11. I read John Adams by David McCullough for a book group. I was certainly not disappointed! It was enjoyable reading, and I learned so much!

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    1. There's a couple more of McCullough's books I want to read, too. Thanks for visiting, Julie!

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