Remembering David McCullough

Posted By Bill Payer on Sep 28, 2022 | 0 comments

The famed historian died in August at age 89 but tributes to his memory keep coming in.

The latest is from The American Heritage Institute which is offering links to some of his essays in the organization’s publication.

“Hail, Liberty!”, Summer 2017 | Vol. 62, No. 1 The Statue of Liberty has been glorified, romanticized, trivialized, and over-publicized. But the idea of “Liberty Enlightening the World” endures.
Adventures in Paris, Fall 2011 | Vol. 61, No. 2 American artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens found inspiration in France to create one of America’s most iconic sculptures, a memorial to Civil War hero Adm. David Farragut.
History and Knowing Who We Are, Winter 2008 | Vol. 58, No. 1 Learning about history is an antidote to the hubris of the present, the idea that everything in our lives is the ultimate.
Winter Crossing, July/August 2001 | Vol. 52, No. 5 When John Adams set out with his little son on a perilous voyage early in 1778, he was full of misgivings. He had every right to be worried, but the journey turned out to be the adventure of his life—and a revelation of his essential character.
“I Hardly Know Truman”, July/August 1992 | Vol. 43, No. 4 Thus did Franklin Roosevelt characterize the man who was to be his running mate in 1944 and — as everyone at the astonishing Democratic Convention knew — almost certainly the next President of the United States. Here is FDR at his most devious, Harry Truman at the pivot of his career, and the old party-boss system at its zenith.
David McCullough pictured with art by George Catlin, one of the artists featured in his book The Greater Journey, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, 2011. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

McCullough’s impact was well expressed in an August obituary in The Guardian….”David McCullough, who has died aged 89, was the US’s most popular historian. His books were bestsellers; his biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams both won Pulitzer prizes, and were taken up for TV by HBO. Two more of his books, on the creation of the Panama Canal and about Theodore Roosevelt’s early years, won the US National Book award.

But McCullough was perhaps best known for his voice, as the narrator of documentaries, most notably Ken Burns’ epic series The Civil War (1990) and the Disney film Seabiscuit (2003), about the 1930s sensation racehorse, and as host of the long-running PBS series American Experience” To read the entire obit CLICK HERE.

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