Books by David McCullough

In addition to his status as one of the most well-respected historians in the world, David McCullough is the bestselling author of numerous nonfiction classics, including Truman (1992), John Adams (2001) and 1776 (2005). He is a two-time winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and he has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His latest book, which received a Kirkus star, is called The Greater Journey. Photo credit: William B. McCullough


THE GREATER JOURNEY by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2011

"A gorgeously rich, sparkling patchwork, eliciting stories from diaries and memoirs to create the human drama McCullough depicts so well."
An ambitious, wide-ranging study of how being in Paris helped spark generations of American genius. Read full book review >
1776 by David McCullough
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2005

"Thus the second most costly war in American history, whose "outcome seemed little short of a miracle." A sterling account."
A master storyteller's character-driven account of a storied year in the American Revolution. Read full book review >
JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite the whopping length, there's not a wasted word in this superb, swiftly moving narrative, which brings new and overdue honor to a Founding Father."
A great, troubled, and, it seems, overlooked president receives his due from the Pulitzer-winning historian/biographer McCullough (Truman, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
TRUMAN by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1992

"Rich in detail, enthralling, and moving: a classic Presidential biography."
A gargantuan but surprisingly agile and spellbinding biography of the plain-speaking, plain-dealing Man from Missouri. Read full book review >
BRAVE COMPANIONS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 1991

Lyrical historical homages—many drawn from magazines such as Life, etc., to both people and events, by eminent historian McCullough (Mornings on Horseback, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 1981

The biographer of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal has written a marvelous book, now, about the making of an exceptional being—and nothing that has appeared before, including Edmund Morris' recent The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, diminishes its interest or freshness or emotional force. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1977

"But Stevens was able to recruit the greatest engineering minds of the period—and the book is able to recapture their breakthroughs."
A first-rate drama of-mobilization and diplomacy "not unlike that of war." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1972

"Workmanlike and thorough though it is, McCullough's history of the bridge has more bulk than stature."
It took 14 years to build and it cost 15 million dollars and the lives of 20 workmen. Read full book review >
THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD by David McCullough
HISTORY
Released: March 18, 1968

"Perhaps of local interest-but it lacks the Lord-ly touch."
The Johnstown Flood was one of the greatest natural disasters of all time (actually manmade, since it was precipitated by a wealthy country club dam which had long been the source of justified misgivings). Read full book review >