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The Course of Human Events | [David McCullough]

The Course of Human Events

On May 15, 2003, David McCullough presented "The Course of Human Events" as The 2003 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, DC. The Jefferson Lecture is a tribute to McCullough's lifetime investigation of history.
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On May 15, 2003, David McCullough presented "The Course of Human Events" as The 2003 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, DC. The Jefferson Lecture is a tribute to McCullough's lifetime investigation of history.

In this short speech, this master historian tracks his fascination with all things historical to his early days in Pittsburgh where he "learned to love history by way of books" in bookshops and at the local library.

McCullough eloquently leads us through the founding fathers' attraction to history, letting us in on his composition of 1776 as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning John Adams. His obvious affection for history is inspiring, because it encompasses the whole reach of the human drama. In McCullough's able hands, history truly "is a larger way of looking at life".

©2005 David McCullough; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Inc.

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    Alan Berkley, MI, United States 09-13-05
    Alan Berkley, MI, United States 09-13-05 Member Since 2006
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    "A Pitch for History"

    Everyone, school-age people in particular, should hear this short but superb talk by one of America's greatest historians. David McCullough, as anyone familiar with his work knows, creates what amount to wayback machines that plop us right into the events that made America. He portrays participants so vividly that they soon begin to seem like our old personal acquaintances.

    In this recording McCullough tells how he got hooked on history, why history is so important to an understanding of our world... and why it's so much fun.

    He points out here and in his book 1776 what isn't understood widely enough -- and this is why every American should hear this program -- that America's war for independence was an absurdly long shot, almost certain to fail. Yet thousands bet their lives and fortunes to go up against the world's only superpower -- and incredibly, after hardship and loss that is difficult for present-day Americans to imagine, they eventually won.

    I just wish I'd been exposed to history by someone as inspirational as McCullough when I was fourteen.

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    Craig Danville, PA, USA 04-14-09
    Craig Danville, PA, USA 04-14-09
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    "Stupendous"

    David McCullough has three things going for him.
    1) is that he has an amazing voice for an author
    2) is that he could make a phone book sound facinating, and
    3) is that David McCullough knows what he is talking about.
    For a short read, you cannot go wrong with this book.

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    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 09-04-08
    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 09-04-08
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    "Be still my patriotic heart"

    I love Mr. McCullough's work, and I enjoy listening to him speak. This was very enjoyable, something I will listen to time and time again.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Columbus, OH, United States 12-12-11
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    Would you listen to The Course of Human Events again? Why?

    I would listen again to this performance because it is inspiring, especially if you love American history or are a family historian.


    What other book might you compare The Course of Human Events to and why?

    This book is comparable to another book by McCullough; 1776.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is only one scene. McCullough captures the historical essence of a famous painting which depicts the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was left with deep feelings of patriotism and reverence for the individuals who made great personal sacrifices before, during and after the Revolution.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Simpsonville, SC, USA 07-28-08
    Beth Simpsonville, SC, USA 07-28-08
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    "FANTASTIC"

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

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    Devon Rensselaer, NY, United States 07-03-14
    Devon Rensselaer, NY, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2006

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    "A Love Letter to History"

    Want to wake up your love and appreciation for American History? Read this. Rather, devour it.

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