David McCullough Biography
David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a "master
of the art of narrative history," "a matchless writer." He is twice winner of
the National Book Award, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In December 2006 he
received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian
His books have been praised for their scholarship, their
understanding of American life, their "vibrant prose," and insight into
individual character. 1776, the number
one New York Times national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback,
has been called, "brilliant... powerful," "a classic," while his previous work,
John Adams, remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read
American biographies of all time. To date more than two million copies have been
In the words of the citation 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."
Mr. McCullough's other books include The Johnstown Flood, The
Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions,
Truman, In The Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story, and The Greater Journey.
David McCullough is as well twice winner of the prestigious
Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall he 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, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and
has received more than forty honorary degrees.
He has been an editor,
essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television - as
host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of
numerous documentaries including The Civil War. His is also the
narrator's voice in the movie Seabiscuit.
Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of
the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is also one of the few
private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.
Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. McCullough was educated there and at
Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. He is an avid
reader, traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture.
He is as well a devoted painter. Mr. McCullough and his wife Rosalee Barnes
McCullough have five children and eighteen grandchildren.
This biography was last updated on 07/27/2011.
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