David McCullough, 1933-2022

While I am usually a circus clown when posting here, I also happen to be a giant bookworm. So when I saw that David McCullough – in my opinion, the greatest author of historical works ever – passed away, I was severely disappointed.

Best-selling author, beloved American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient David McCullough died on Sunday at the age of 89.

His daughter, Dorie Lawson, confirmed that her father passed away at his home in Hingham, a town in the greater Boston metropolitan area. McCullough was awarded Pulitzer Prizes for two presidential biographies.

“Truman” was published in 1992 and topped The New York Times’ bestseller list for 43 weeks. “John Adams,” published in 2001, ranked No. 1 in the first week and went through dozens of more printings, according to the newspaper.

I haven’t read Truman, but John Adams is amazing. If I were to pick my favorite McCullough work, it would be 1776. It’s a masterpiece, in my humble opinion.

Thank you for the education, Mr. McCullough. You will be sorely missed.

5 thoughts on “David McCullough, 1933-2022

  1. I’ve run out of new authors, and I’m pissed at Amazon so I’ve started buying out of print books from Thriftbooks.
    I’ll try 1776 and go from there.

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  2. Veeshir – Very Washington-centric and a very good tale. It encompasses the Americans’ failures and the comeback at Trenton on Christmas Eve. One of my favorite books.

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  3. “1776” was a very good book. I’d also recommend two of his non-biographies, “The Great Bridge,” about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and “The Path Between the Seas,” about the building of the Panama Canal. McCullough had a gift for teaching and entertaining at the same time. He’ll be missed.

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