A timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, the most honored historian in the United States - winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others - that reminds us of fundamental American principles.
Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward.
©2017 David McCullough (P)2017 Simon & Schuster
David McCullough is a musing, thoughtful philosopher/historian. He is my favorite author in any genre and every type ever...period. Perhaps it is due to the way his writing transcends genre, his voice transcends ages, and his heart is for all that is good for America and the world. If I could have 5 minutes in person with him, I would shake his hand as a man, hug him as a grandfather, and sit at his feet as a father asking "Please tell me more."
A fantastic collection of speeches packed with history and context of the America I love. A tale of our diversity, our tenacity, and a call for insatiable appetite for learning like that of those wise people who came before us in order to keep it moving steadily forward.
The David makes you remember that if you don't know the historical background of what you're trying to do you will surely muck it up.
I love hearing his experienced voice...like I was part of all of those keynote speeches he was invited to deliver.
The times I laughed out loud at the funny little stories he shared from well known American figures.
I felt like I was in his class, hearing it with his own voice.
It made me proud to be an American, a high school history teacher,a personal historian and a writer.
Looking to improve myself, but am always a sucker for a good sci-fi novel.
College commencement speech
Reading of JFK's inaugural address.
Provides an "at a glace" look at some truly great Americans.
No, best taken in 30-45 minute chucks. Some of the speeches overlap in their themes, so it is good to finish up a chapter and marinate on his words for a bit.
His speeches were more inspirational that what I had received when graduating (Justice Clarence Thomas did mine at UGA - it was lacking in enthusiasm). Overall a good selection of speeches that makes you proud to be an American and encourages you to aspire to more in personal and public affairs.
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