Posted on January 18, by John Walters Too often we associate history with obligatory lessons at school: We memorize names and dates without affixing humanity to them, without realizing the inexorable bond that links us to those people and events in the past.
June The reader that David McCullough imagines peering over his shoulder as he crafts his meticulously researched histories and biographies is the person he happens to be writing about at the time, whether it's John Adams, Harry Truman or some anonymous soldier in a long-forgotten battle.
This has been true of everything I've written, the year-old Pulitzer Prize winner tells BookPage from his home on Martha's Vineyard. I try to write a book so that if they could read it, they would say, yes, he got it.
McCullough's ghostly audience this time around would include the American rebels, British regulars and their leaders who clashed with each other during the second year of the Revolutionary War.
The book is titled simply It begins with the siege of Boston, an American triumph; continues through the struggles for New York in which the British forces prevailed; and ends with the American 1776 by david mccullough in the wintry frays at Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey. McCullough chose to focus on "because that was the low point of our fortunes, not just in the war, but, I think one can say, in the whole history of the country.
The prospects of there even being a United States of America were never more bleak. Also, it was the year of the Declaration of Independence. When I was writing the John Adams biography and trying to understand everything that was going on in Philadelphia that summer ofI realized, perhaps more than I had before, that all they were doing there was theoretical and that the Declaration itself would have been nothing but words on paper had it not been for the people out fighting the war.
Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough's is another landmark in the literature of American history. © David McCullough (P) Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc. (David McCullough) at plombier-nemours.com Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "Truman" and "John Adams," McCullough returns with the story of the Revolutionary War--a book certain to be another landmark in the literature of American history. David McCullough has been acclaimed as a "master of the art of narrative history." He is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.
Everything depended on them. I respect what they're doing, and I read much of it. But I'm finding my way into that other time and into the lives of those other people through material that came from that other time and from those other people.
The monarch's initial response to the American rebellion, he shows, was measured, cautious and hopeful for a peaceful resolution. Moreover, the king was a man of considerable taste and talent.
I had simply read that he was interested in art, but when you see what he actually did himself mostly architectural drawings they're superb. Equally diligent in researching American particulars, McCullough says he followed the path of the rebel army from Boston all the way south.
And always always there are certain things that are different from what I thought. For example, Fort Washington, which is a big part of the story. When you say it's up above the Hudson River it is, but when you go there, it is really up above the Hudson River.
You understand why [the Americans] thought it was impregnable. I don't think you can know anything unless you feel it.
I thought, My god! If I had a fort up here, I would know damn well it could hold out. Nobody could come up those cliffs. Of course, they did. And so they deserted by the thousands or, when their enlistment was up, they went home by the thousands.
They all weren't heroes by any means. They were really against it and willing to fight against it. We can identify with that.
Those are real people. But the people of the Revolution are so often pictured in our minds because of paintings we've seen as characters in a costume pageant. There's something not quite fully real about them.
And the other thing people think is that the loss of life was relatively small. Well, by 20th-century terms, of course, it was very small. But in proportion to the size of population at the time, it was enormous. If we lost a comparable number of Americans in a war today as we lost in the Revolution, we would lose about three million people.
At the moment, he has no other books in the works. Edward Morris is a writer in Nashville.May 24, · David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback; His other widely praised books are , Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood/5.
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Study Guide Navigation. by David McCullough The book, "," covers almost everything in depth from the declaration of war on the American colonies by King George III in , to the American victory at Trenton in late David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback.
His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, , The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers/5. David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on plombier-nemours.com other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, , The Greater Journey, and The Wright plombier-nemours.com is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the /5().
David McCullough is a great writer and historian and I've never been disappointed by any of his books. is the story of the American army, the men who made it up, from farmers, shoemakers, teachers, ministers, and even the no good.