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David Gaub McCullough

David McCullough
Born July 07, 1933 (1933-07-07) (age 74)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupation Historian, Author
Spouse Rosalee Ingram McCullough

David Gaub McCullough (mə-kŭl'ə) (born July 7, 1933) is an American historian and bestselling author. A two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, he is widely referred to as a "master of the art of narrative history." Among his most well-known books are The Path Between the Seas, Truman, John Adams, and his most recent volume, 1776 (a New York Times and Amazon bestseller). He is part of an emerging group of celebrity historians. He is also a familiar presence on public television — as the host of Smithsonian World and The American Experience, and as the narrator of many well-regarded documentaries. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 449 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2025 × 2706 pixel, file size: 2. ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the occupation of studying history. ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the occupation of studying history. ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. ... The National Book Awards is one of the most preeminent literary prizes in the United States. ... The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870—1914 is a 1977 book by noted historian David McCullough that details the people and places involved in building the Panama Canal. ... 1776 is a book written by historian David McCullough, first published by Simon & Schuster in May 24, 2005. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Amazon. ... PBS redirects here. ... American Experience (sometimes abbreviated AmEx) is a television program aired on the PBS network in the United States. ...

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Biography

McCullough was educated at Shady Side Academy in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then attended Yale University, where he received his bachelor's degree with honors in English literature in 1955. While at Yale, he became a member of Skull and Bones; as an undergraduate with a first interest in art, he often ate lunch with playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder, who inspired McCullough to become a writer.[1] Shady Side Academy is an independent school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... Yale redirects here. ... For other degrees, see Academic degree. ... English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology... For the pirate flag, see Jolly Roger. ... Image:Thorntonwilderteeth. ...


After graduating from college, McCullough went to work as an editorial assistant at the newly-established Sports Illustrated magazine, in New York. During the Kennedy administration, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the United States Information Agency; he also began working as an editor and writer for the American Heritage Publishing Company. While working at American Heritage, McCullough began the research, in his spare time, for what became his first book, The Johnstown Flood, about the catastrophic Johnstown Flood of 1889, which took place not far from where he grew up in Pennsylvania. The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... The United States Information Agency (USIA), which existed from 1953 to 1999, was a United States agency devoted to what it called public diplomacy. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Johnstown Flood disaster (or Great Flood of 1889 as it became known locally) occurred on May 31, 1889. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...


Speaking of this period in his life, McCullough has said, "...what I did... was to serve a kind of apprenticeship in... different magazine jobs, primarily editing, writing. And after I'd done that for about 10 or 12 years, I felt that I had reached the point where I could attempt something on my own."[2]


In addition to the two PBS programs he has served as host for, McCullough has also been the narrator of numerous documentaries, including Ken Burns' Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, The Congress, and The Civil War as well as David Grubin's FDR, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided, and Napoleon. He also narrated portions of the motion picture Seabiscuit. Kenneth Lauren Burns (b. ... The Civil War was a highly popular and acclaimed PBS documentary about the American Civil War created by Sam Sim, and released on PBS in September 1990. ... Seabiscuit is a 2003 American drama film based on the best-selling book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. ...


McCullough served as president of the Society of American Historians from 1991 to 1998. He has been elected to both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As of April 2007, he has received 40 honorary degrees.[3] American Academy of Arts and Letters is an organization whose goal is to foster, assist, and sustain an interest in American literature, music, and art. ... The House of the Academy, Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ...


In October 2002, McCullough delivered the 13th annual T.H. White Lecture, sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. "While a great deal about our country has changed since September 11, everything hasn't, including our history — an inexhaustible source of strength," he said. "These are dangerous, uncertain times, but not the worst we've ever been through, by any means." McCullough taught at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY from 2003 to 2006. Terence Hanbury White (May 29, 1906 - January 17, 1964) was a writer. ...


In December 2006, McCullough was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[4] On September 11, 2007, McCullough received his first honorary high school diploma from Wellesley High School, where he also gave a speech, and where his son now teaches English. The Presidential Medal of Freedom The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the two highest civilian awards in the United States and is bestowed by the President of the United States (the other award which is considered its equivalent is the Congressional Gold Medal, which is bestowed by an... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


McCullough lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts (Martha's Vineyard) with his wife Rosalee Ingram (Barnes) McCullough, whom he met at Yale. They have five children and 18 grandchildren. West Tisbury is a town located on Marthas Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,467. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ...


Works

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870—1914 is a 1977 book by noted historian David McCullough that details the people and places involved in building the Panama Canal. ... The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. ... 1776 is a book written by historian David McCullough, first published by Simon & Schuster in May 24, 2005. ...

Quotes

  • "I used to see the old fellows in their 40s, talking about the book they were going to write someday. I was determined I was not going to be like that."
  • "I am convinced that the only way we ever really learn anything is by doing it."
  • "Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love."
  • "You are what you read."
  • "There was no simpler time"
  • "History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are."
  • "Information is not learning. Information isn't wisdom. It isn't common sense, necessarily. It isn't kindness or trustworthiness or good judgment or imagination or a sense of humor or courage. It doesn't tell us right from wrong,"

References

  1. ^ Transcript of conversation with NEH Chairman Bruce Cole (retrieved April 14, 2007)
  2. ^ Academy of Achievement - Interview (retrieved April 14, 2007)
  3. ^ Simon & Schuster:David McCullough, <http://www.simonsays.com/content/destination.cfm?tab=1&pid=328883&feature_id=3375>. Retrieved on 2007-10-12
  4. ^ Sherman, Jerome L. "Presidential biographer gets presidential medal", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2006-12-16. Retrieved on 2006-12-18. 

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External links

  • Simon & Schuster's David McCullough main page
  • Semi-official David McCullough website
  • Transcripts and videos of interviews and speeches
  • Ubben Lecture at DePauw University
  • David McCullough at the Internet Movie Database
  • Review of speech - At the University of Houston[[Category:Living people]

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