He became the dean of American historians after learning his craft working five years on the staff of American Heritage.
David McCullough’s latest book tells the story of a small group of Revolutionary War veterans and pioneers who set out on an extraordinary 800-mile journey through the wilderness to establish the first settlement in the Ohio Territory.
Learning about history is an antidote to the hubris of the present, the idea that everything in our lives is the ultimate.
DAVID McCULLOUGH tells why he thinks history is the most challenging, exhilarating, and immediate of subjects
The maker of a fine new documentary on the Civil War tells how the medium of film can evoke the emotional reality of history
From Fort Ticonderoga to the Plaza Hotel, from Appomattox Courthouse to Bugsy Siegel’s weird rose garden in Las Vegas, the present-day scene is enriched by knowledge of the American past
AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID McCULLOUGH
THE PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS
The Big Ditch had so far been a colossal flop, and Teddy Roosevelt desperately needed an engineering genius who could take over the job and “make the dirt fly.” The answer was not the famous Goethals, but a man whom history has forgotten.
At one time it was the largest cotton mill in the world. Now, in the name of progress, one of New England’s most historic and unusual urban areas is being carved into parking lots