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Any book by historian David McCullough – presidential biographer, twice a National Book Award winner and the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes – is a treat. This compendium presents some of McCullough’s most memorable speeches from 1989 to 2016. The author delivered lectures in conjunction with the White House Bicentennial, the Bicentennial for the US Congress, and other special occasions. He also lectured frequently at various colleges. In his speeches, McCullough covers revealing historical incidents and dramatic turning points in US history. getAbstract recommends this lively, insightful, inspirational collection to those curious about the traditional nature of the United States and those who savor rich historical information.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What aspects of US history David McCullough emphasizes in his speeches and
  • What stories he tells that embody the American spirit.

About the Author

Acclaimed historian David McCullough won Pulitzer Prizes for Truman and for John Adams and National Book Awards for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback.



Learning from History
United States history enlarges and enriches modern life by explaining core American values and principles as seen in the way people live and what they cherish. The country’s remarkable history is a valuable national resource.

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