David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a "master of the art of narrative history" and "a matchless writer." Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, for Truman and John Adams, and the National Book Award, he also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2006.
McCullough's books, such as 1776, John Adams, and Truman, have been praised for their scholarship, understanding of American life, "vibrant prose," and insight into individual character. John Adams was made into a seven-part mini-series on HBO which was produced by Tom Hanks and starred Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. Some of his other books include The Johnstown Flood, Mornings on Horseback and Brave Companions. His work has been published in multiple languages and is sold throughout the world. His latest book is The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, called a "Best Book of 2011" by Amazon.com.
In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television -- as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including The Civil War. His is also the narrator's voice in the movie Seabiscuit. Honored by the National Book Foundation for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, McCullough also received the National Humanities Medal and won the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize twice. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has received more than forty honorary degrees.
A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured all over the US and abroad. He is one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress and at the White House.