David McCullough: National Treasure

Matt Ongie

McCullough sits at his backyard writing studio McCullough sits at his backyard writing studio

July 7 marked the 81st birthday of author/historian David McCullough. His accolades are much too numerous to mention at once; among the most notable are two Pulitzer Prize-winning books and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the United States’ highest civilian award. Biographies of John Adams and Harry Truman (which I am currently reading) were the books that earned McCullough the Pulitzers, however it was his release of 1776 which helped trigger my desire to enthrall myself in history.

My story is not unlike many others who become involved in the study of history. As a student I enjoyed the stories covered in history classes through the years but found myself bogged down by the process of memorizing dates and documents. Not only does this create boredom, but it also ensures the student will only remember the subject long enough to take…

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