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Name: David McCullough  
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Date of Birth: 7th July 1933
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Profession: Writer
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David McCullough (born July 7, 1933) is an American historian and bestselling author. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, he has been called a "master of the art of narrative history." His books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, Truman, and John Adams. His most recent book, 1776, was a New York Times and Amazon bestseller. None of his books have ever been out of print, a rare feat for an author with many published works.

McCullough was educated at Shady Side Academy, a private high school in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Yale University, where he received his bachelor's degree with honors in English literature in 1955. At Yale as an undergraduate, he ate lunch many times with Thornton Wilder , who inspired McCullough to become a writer.

McCullough has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television — as host of "Smithsonian World," "The American Experience," and narrator of numerous documentaries including Ken Burns' "The Civil War" and "Baseball", and "Napoleon." He has also narrated portions of the motion picture Seabiscuit. He is a past president of the Society of American Historians and has also been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received 31 honorary degrees.

In October 2002, McCullough delivered the 13th annual T.H. White Lecture, sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. "While a great deal about our country has changed since September 11, everything hasn't, including our history - an inexhaustible source of strength," he said. "These are dangerous, uncertain times, but not the worst we've ever been through, by any means."

McCullough lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts with his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough. They have five children and 17 grandchildren.


  • National Book Award - 1978 for "The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914" and 1982 for "Mornings on Horseback"
  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography - 1993 for "Truman" and 2002 for "John Adams"
  • Francis Parkman Prize (twice)
  • National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award
  • National Humanities Medal
  • St. Louis Literary Award
  • Carl Sandburg Award
  • New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award
  • The Colonial Dames of America Annual Book Award
  • Samuel Eliot Morison Award
  • The Nashville Public Library Literary Award

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