David McCullough (born July 7, 1933) is an American historian, author, and lecturer. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. His books have been praised for their historical accuracy and narrative style.
Here are some of the books recommended by David McCullough.
Ben & Me by Robert Lawson
In “Ben & Me,” Robert Lawson tells the story of how Benjamin Franklin taught a mouse named Amos to read and write. Amos then goes on to teach other mice and eventually becomes one of America’s most famous historical figures.
Lawson’s book is a delightful and charming tale that will entertain and educate young readers. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about American history or simply enjoys a good story.
Kenneth Roberts Reader of the American Revolution
In Kenneth Roberts’s Reader of the American Revolution, the author offers a collection of essays that explore different aspects of the Revolutionary War.
He discusses the major events and figures of the war, as well as its impact on American society. Roberts provides a balanced and objective account of the war, making it an essential read for anyone interested in this critical period in American history.
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
Willa Cather’s My Antonia is a classic novel about the immigrant experience in America. The book tells the story of Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian girl who comes to Nebraska with her family.
Antonia is forced to confront the harsh realities of life on the frontier, but she also finds beauty and companionship in her new home. Cather’s novel is a moving tribute to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
In Willa Cather’s novel, “O Pioneers!,” the author tells the story of frontier life in the early days of American settlement. The novel follows the lives of a group of pioneers as they struggle to make a living in the harsh conditions of the prairie.
Cather paints a vivid picture of the daily struggles and challenges faced by these early settlers, as well as their strength and determination in the face of adversity.
Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts
In the historical novel Oliver Wiswell, Kenneth Roberts tells the story of a man who leaves his home in Massachusetts to live in England during the American Revolutionary War.
Oliver Wiswell is a man who is torn between two countries: England and America. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, but he has strong ties to England through his family.
When the Revolutionary War breaks out, Oliver finds himself on the side of the British. He leaves America and goes to live in England, where he becomes an enemy of the state.
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
The Caine Mutiny is a novel by Herman Wouk that was published in 1951. The novel is about the mutiny on the USS Caine, which was a real event that happened during World War II.
Herman Wouk was an eyewitness to the event, and he based his novel on what he saw. The Caine Mutiny is considered to be one of the greatest American novels of the 20th century.
The Collected Essays of J.H. Plumb by J.H. Plumb
In his collected essays, J.H. Plumb offers readers a glimpse into the life and work of one of the most respected historians of our time.
Plumb is best known for his work on the history of eighteenth-century Britain, which earned him a reputation as one of the foremost experts on the subject.
In these essays, Plumb draws on his vast knowledge of British history to offer insights into a wide range of topics, from the causes of the American Revolution to the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Growth of the American Republic by Samuel Eliot Morison
In The Growth of the American Republic, Morison chronicles the rise of the United States from a small band of English colonies to a world power.
He traces the nation’s growth from its humble beginnings as a group of 13 colonies to its current status as one of the most powerful nations on earth.
Morison begins his history with an account of the early days of English colonization in North America. He then goes on to describe the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.
He discusses the country’s westward expansion and its territorial disputes with other countries. Finally, he examines America’s role in global affairs in the twentieth century.
The Growth of the American Republic is an informative and engaging look at the history of one of the world’s great nations.
The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds is a historical fiction novel set during the French and Indian War.
The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman
The Proud Tower by Barbara W. Tuchman is a book about the pre-World War I years. The book looks at the social, political, and economic conditions of Europe at the time, and how these conditions led to the outbreak of war.
Tuchman paints a vivid picture of Europe on the eve of war, and her account is both informative and readable. For anyone interested in European history or in understanding the causes of World War I, The Proud Tower is essential reading.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux is a heartwarming story of a brave little mouse who sets out on an adventure to save a princess from a terrible fate.
Despereaux is born different from the other mice in his colony. He is much smaller and has big ears. His mother tells him that he is special and he should never be afraid to be different.
One day, while the other mice are busy gathering food, Despereaux falls into a bowl of soup. When he is rescued by the cook, she takes him under her wing and teaches him how to read.
Despereaux soon discovers that there is a world beyond his colony and sets out on a journey to find the princess that everyone is talking about.
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
When Vietnam War veteran Tim O’Brien set out to write a novel about his experiences in the conflict, he had no idea that The Things They Carried would become one of the most important war stories of our time.
The book is not just a story about the physical things that soldiers carry with them into battle, but also the emotional baggage they carry with them long after they’ve left the war behind.
It’s a powerful and moving look at the human cost of war, and how soldiers are affected by it long after they’ve come home.
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