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David McCullough

David McCullough's words and voice made American history come alive for millions. His work earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Pulitzer Prizes, & two National Book Awards.

The American experiment : dialogues on a dream by David M Rubenstein

"Exploring the diverse make-up of our country’s DNA through interviews with Pulitzer Prize–winning historians, diplomats, music legends, and sports giants, The American Experiment captures the dynamic arc of a young country reinventing itself in real-time. Through these enlightening conversations, the American spirit comes alive, revealing the setbacks, suffering, invention, ingenuity, and social movements that continue to shape our vision of what America is—and what it can be." --publisher's website

The pioneers : the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west by David G McCullough

"Best-selling author David McCullough tells the story of the settlers who began America's migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America's highest ideals"--

The Pioneers : the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal West by David G McCullough

"Best-selling author David McCullough tells the story of the settlers who began America's migration west, overcoming almost-unimaginable hardships to build in the Ohio wilderness a town and a government that incorporated America's highest ideals"--

The American spirit : who we are and what we stand for by David G McCullough

Over the course of his 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 pertinent speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American

The Wright brothers by David G McCullough

David McCullough once again tells a dramatic story of people and technology, this time about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly, Wilbur and Orville Wright

The Wright brothers by David G McCullough

Chronicles the story-behind-the-story about the Wright brothers, sharing insights into the disadvantages that challenged their lives and their mechanical ingenuity

The greater journey : Americans in Paris by David G McCullough

David McCullough chronicles the lives of American artists and scientists who studied in Paris in the nineteenth century, and ultimately changed America because of their experiences. From Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, and abolitionist Charles Sumner to artist Samuel F. B. Morse and literature greats Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mark Twain, Paris has left its mark on the American identity

The greater journey : Americans in Paris by David G McCullough

David McCullough chronicles the lives of American artists and scientists who studied in Paris in the nineteenth century, and ultimately changed America because of their experiences. From Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, and abolitionist Charles Sumner to artist Samuel F. B. Morse and literature greats Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mark Twain, Paris has left its mark on the American identity

1776 by David G McCullough

Draws on personal correspondence and period diaries to present a history of the American Revolution that ranges from the siege of Boston, to the American defeat at Brooklyn and retreat across New Jersey, to the American victory at Trenton.

The path between the seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David G McCullough

Tells the story of the fight against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans

The great bridge : the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David G McCullough

A detailed account of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge provides background information on its engineering history as well as the political and social climate of the late nineteenth century.

John Adams by David G McCullough

Chronicles the life of America's second president, including his youth, his career as a Massachusetts farmer and lawyer, his marriage to Abigail, his rivalry with Thomas Jefferson, and his influence on the birth of the United States

Truman by David G McCullough

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

The Johnstown flood by David G McCullough

A graphic account of the collapse of a poorly constructed dam and the resulting flood which killed 2,000 people and caused a nationwide scandal

John Adams by David G McCullough

Chronicles the life of America's second president, including his youth, his career as a Massachusetts farmer and lawyer, his marriage to Abigail, his rivalry with Thomas Jefferson, and his influence on the birth of the United States

The Congress

Ken Burns profiles a durable American institution in his elegant, penetrating portrait of the U.S. Congress. Narrated by David McCullough, the film uses historic footage and interviews with "insiders" David Broder, Alistair Cooke, and Cokie Roberts to detail the first 200 years. The film chronicles careers of notable members and charts the continuing growth of the Capitol building, in readings from diary entries, letters, and famous speeches

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough by Instaread (Firm)

Inside this Instaread Key Takeaways & Analysis of The Emperor of All Maladies- Overview of book- Introduction to the Important People in the book- Key Takeaways and Analysis of Key Takeaways

Brooklyn Bridge

This award-winning film by Ken Burns recaptures the drama, struggles, and personal tragedies behind the greatest of all achievements of America's industrial age, THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE. Largest bridge of the era, its construction entailed enormous problems and ingenious solutions. Witness the human heroics behind the bridge that seized America's imagination in the 1880s. Discover the enduring charm and beauty of a granite-and-steel masterpiece

Statue of Liberty

"For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and a refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America's premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Featuring rare archival photographs, paintings and drawings, readings from actual diaries, letters and newspapers of the day, the fascinating story of this universally admired monument is told."--Container

Statue of Liberty

Ken Burns presents the definitive portrait of America's great lady, in a program nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy. Follow the American icon's life, from creation by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi through painstaking construction and accident-prone 1886 dedication. Interviews with ordinary Americans reveal the unique place the statue holds in our hearts. DVD extras include "Ken Burns: Making History" and "A Conversation with Ken Burns."

The Civil War

What caused the war? Beginning with an examination of slavery, this episode looks at the causes of the war and the burning questions of union and states' rights. John Brown leads a rebellion at Harper's Ferry, Abraham Lincoln is elected president, Fort Sumter is fired upon and both sides rush to arms. Introducing the series' major figures - Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant - the episode concludes with the disastrous Union defeat at Manassas, where both sides realize it is to be a very long war

The Shakers : hands to work, hearts to God

A poignant film by Ken Burns portrays 200 years of Shaker life in America, guided by recollections of three surviving members and archival material. Explore every aspect of a strange, noble sect that produced some of the greatest architecture and furniture in U.S. history. This story of devotion, invention, ingenuity, simple crafts, and dance was filmed at existing Shaker locations, with music re-created from authentic songs

Huey Long

Uses archival film footage to portray events in the life of the charismatic Louisiana politician Huey Long who built roads, bridges, and schools, but whose brutal, corrupt reign suddenly ended in a hail of bullets. Incorporates interviews with scholars and the recollections of Louisianans who knew Long

The Wright stuff

On August 8th, 1908, at a race track outside Paris, Wilbur Wright executed what was, for him, a routine flight: a smooth take-off banking into a couple of tight circles, finally ending in a perfect landing. The easy flight was over in less than two minutes, but it established Wilbur and Orville Wright as the true leaders of manned flight. In 1903, the Wrights had solved one of the most baffling mysteries of science, but characteristically kept their invention secret, awaiting patents on various components. As others developed flying machines, newspapers vilified the shy and self-effacing Wright brothers as "bluffers." After the Paris flight, the Wrights were vindicated, but were completely unprepared for the ensuing fame. Following Wilbur's spectacular Paris flight, a group of awestruck enthusiasts insisted on taking him out for the best meal the city had to offer, but Wilbur declined. By nine that evening he was in bed, on a cot beside his plane. This is a quintessential American story about two ordinary men, working alone, who reshaped the twentieth century. Garrison Keillor narrates

The Congress

Explores the history and promise of Congress, one of America's most important and least understood institutions
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