Monday, August 25, 2014


The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed on an American citizen, is just one of the awards won by the great historian David McCullough. His biographies and histories have also garnered 2 Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award. It comes as no surprise that McCullough grew up in a home where his parents read to him.  Intending a career in fiction writing, he discovered the joys of non-fiction and research while working for American Heritage magazine.

David McCullough’s many works can be found on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library. His majestic biographies include Mornings on Horseback about Teddy Roosevelt, Truman and John Adams. Whether you like to read, listen to or watch your books, John Adams can be found in the print, CD and DVD sections of the library. And, if you want to hear the author’s voice, check out the Public Television DVD of Houdini, which McCullough narrates. 

McCullough’s interest in civil engineering takes center stage in his two books about epic constructions--The Great Bridge, about the Brooklyn Bridge, and The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal. Triumph and tragedy, geography and forward-thinking and flawed personalities highlight these engrossing histories.

1776, the story of the Revolution, continues the author’s interest in the formation of the United States and Greater Journey: Americans in Paris takes place in the early 1900’s when American authors, artists and even doctors went to France to partake of Parisian culture.

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