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David McCullough

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In an exhibition wherein paintings of nudes were commonplace, that of Madame Gautreau in her black evening dress was considered scandalously erotic. -from The Greater Journey

— David McCullough


I'm very aware how many distractions the reader has in life today, how many good reasons there are to put the book down.

— David McCullough

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In time I began to understand that it's when you start writing that you really find out what you don't know and need to know.

— David McCullough

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May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.

— David McCullough

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My shorthand answer is that I try to write the kind of book that I would like to read. If I can make it clear and interesting and compelling to me, then I hope maybe it will be for the reader.

— David McCullough

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Every book is a new journey. I never felt I was an expert on a subject as I embarked on a project.

— David McCullough

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Real success is finding you lifework in the work that you love.

— David McCullough

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The pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is luck the deciding factor?

— David McCullough

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The title always comes last. What I really work hard on is the beginning. Where do you begin? In what tone do you begin? I almost have to have a scene in my mind.

— David McCullough

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There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.

— David McCullough

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About David McCullough

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Did you know about David McCullough?

In December 2012 Allegheny County Pennsylvania announced that it would rename the 16th Street Bridge in Pittsburgh in honor of McCullough. " He started it as a book about the founding fathers and back-to-back presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; but dropped Jefferson to focus on Adams. In 2003 the National Endowment for the Humanities selected McCullough for the Jefferson Lecture the U.

McCullough's two Pulitzer Prize-winning books Truman and John Adams have been adapted by HBO into a TV film and a mini-series respectively. McCullough's most recent history The Greater Journey (2011) is about Americans in Paris from the 1830s to the 1900s.

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