David McCullough

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of John Adams and Historian

David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history” and “a matchless writer.” Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, for Truman and John Adams, and the National Book Award, he also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2006.

McCullough’s books, such as 1776, John Adams, and Truman, have been praised for their scholarship, understanding of American life, “vibrant prose,” and insight into individual character. John Adams was made into a seven-part mini-series on HBO which was produced by Tom Hanks and starred Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.

His latest book is The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, called a “Best Book of 2011” by Amazon.com. He is currently working on a book about the Wright brothers.

Honored by the National Book Foundation for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, McCullough also received the National Humanities Medal and won the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize twice. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has received more than forty honorary degrees.

In a crowded, productive career, 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.

A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured all over the US and abroad. He is one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress and at the White House.

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David McCullough has been called a “master of the art of narrative history.” His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and insight into American life, and for their literary distinction.
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, breath, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.”

Mr. McCullough is twice winner of the National Book Award, twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize. For his monumental Truman, he received the Pulitzer Prize. For his work overall, he has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, the St. Louis Literary Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, and the New York Public Library’s Literary Lion Award.

His books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. As may be said of the work of few writers, none of his books have ever been out of print.

In a crowded, productive career, Mr. McCullough 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 and Napoleon. He is a past president of the Society of American Historians. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received 31 honorary degrees.

A gifted speaker, Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House, as part of the White House presidential lecture series. He is also one of the few private citizens to be asked to speak before a joint session of Congress.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, Mr. McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. An avid reader, traveler, and landscape painter, he lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts with his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough. They have five children and fifteen grandchildren.