|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Jun 1992|
|Number of Pages:||1120|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||3.55|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.5 x 9.5 x 2.25|
David McCullough was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Yale University in 1955. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a trainee at Sports Illustrated. He later worked as a writer and editor for the United States Information Agency, in Washington, D.C., including a position at American Heritage. While working at American Heritage, he wrote The Johnstown Flood which was published in 1968. He has written numerous books since then including 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.
He twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal and Mornings on Horseback. He has also won two Francis Parkman Prizes, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award. Two of his books, Truman and John Adams, have been adapted into a television movie and mini-series, respectively, by HBO. In December 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
|Son of the Middle Border|
|Blue River Country|
|The Way of the Farmer|
|Try, Try Again|
|The Senator from Pendergast|
|To the Best of My Ability|
|The Moon, the Stars, and All the Planets|
|Summer of Decision|
|The Buck Stops Here|
|The Heat in the Kitchen|
|Weight of the World|
|Commander in Chief|
McCullough's life of Harry Truman is a Sandburg's Lincoln for the 1990's. Biographer of Theodore Roosevelt, historian of the Johnstown flood, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Panama Canal, clearly McCullough found not just a new subject but a hero too when he began research in 1982. As with Roosevelt in Mornings on Horseback (LJ 5/15/81), he is concerned above all with defining Truman's character. With poetry and reverence he writes of the farmer, haberdasher, and local official whom accident and ambition raised to unprecedented power, yet who left the White House an American everyman.
Skeptics uneasy with McCullough's Truman in mystic communion with America's spirit will recall the raw politics described by Richard Miller in Truman: The Rise to Power ( LJ 12/85). For detailed treatment of policy, scholars will often need a specialized monograph. Yet McCullough's Truman is not quite a saint, and his own scholarship is exhaustive in portraying Truman the man. No biography approaches the richness, depth, or grace of this one. For all libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/92.-- Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.
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