Search Results: "David McCullough"


BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD by David McCullough
NON-FICTION
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

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DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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1776 by David McCullough
NON-FICTION
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 >

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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 >

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THE AMERICAN SPIRIT by David McCullough
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 18, 2017

"Clio, the muse of history, smiles and nods her head on every page."
A collection of speeches by the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian and biographer. Read full book review >

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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators."
A charmingly pared-down life of the "boys" that grounds their dream of flight in decent character and work ethic. Read full book review >

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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 >