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David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include The Greater Journey, 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit DavidMcCullough.com.

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include The Greater Journey, 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit DavidMcCullough.com.

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In a 2003 speech given in Washington, D.C., author David McCullough reminds listeners that history is made up of human beings, not gods. He cites the flaws of the Founding Fathers as he ticks off their accomplishments. One of his favorite points to stress is their love of books and literature; [Nathan Hale's] famous speech before being hanged, for example, comes from CATO, a play popular at the time. McCullough reads as a master lecturer as he discusses the Founders, then turns personal as he discusses his own love of books, which started with a copy of AMOS AND ME, a children's book about Benjamin Franklin. Book-lovers, especially those with an interest in history, will enjoy hearing how books teach us about the past--and present. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • Series: Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743550382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743550383
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on September 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am a high school history teacher - not the type of history teacher who got into it so he could also coach. I am a REAL history teacher. I love history, I read histories for entertainment. I go on trips to see historical places. History is exciting and important to me.

McCullough's wonderful 40 minute speech on the Founding Fathers, history and great literature made my soul sing. I learned a lot but mostly I found the joy of listening to a kindred spirit discuss history and its importance and the joys of learning.

I also found myself being a bit envious of McCullough's wonderful speaking voice and the fact that he writes so well. However, I quickly recovered since McCullough is not stingy with either of these talents.

Do not let the relatively short length of this CD deter you from purchasing it - you will want to listen to it again and again over the years.
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Simon and Schuster is getting a bit greedy here. The McCullough lecture for $8.99? Come on. It is available online for free at the National Endowment for History website. NEH.gov under the Jefferson Lecture. Amazon needs to be more stern with these publishers and stop this kind of thievery.
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I love David McCullough and I own all of his books. I have had the opportunity to hear him speak twice and both times he was brilliant, original, gracious and interesting. I am pleased that other speeches of his are available for purchase.

This CD is broken into chapters so you can skip to your favorite sections. Section 3 with the quote by Edith Hamilton and section 9 where Mr. McCullough discusses how he fell in love with reading are my favorites. I plan to give this CD as a gift. I enjoyed it tremendously.
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I was very disappointed to have paid $8+ (June 2011) for the Kindle "book" with this title. This is NOT a book, rather the text of a nice lecture by David McCullough that is a very short read. This is not at all very clear in the description of the "book" on the Amazon website. I see the paperback version is now less than $4.- perhaps Amazon has now tried to adjust the price to the actual content. However, I think that buyers ought to clearly understand what they are buying. One will note that no book summary with the actual number of papers is provided.
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To say that David McCullough has a way with words is like describing Mozart as having a way with music. McCullough has an ear for language and the spoken word the same way a wonderful photographer has an eye for a picture- it is just perfect.

McCullough gives us a precious gift with THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS as he describes his career and its subjects. He reminds us that we can only live in the present even while we study "other people's present". This CD is worth listening to and listening to again as we catch the rythmn of his words and a picture of our nation speeding by into the past.
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Having read and enjoyed ALL of the great David McCullough books, I felt cheated by this one. It should not be sold as a "Book".
It is a very thin cup of tea - and a very short one at that. It does not contain the kind of careful research to which we avid McCullougs readers have become accostumed. It is merely a very small and somewhat random collection of the thoughts of others.
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David McCullough delivers an inspirational overview of our country's rich history, reminding us that our leaders past and present were/are human, yet were able to rise to the challenges and exemplify the best that man's character has to offer
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There is nothing better than hearing an accomplished author speak about his craft in his own words. He is a terrific author of history and his sincerety and love of his craft is abundantly apparent in this CD...
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