Awarded: April 2008
(b. July 7, 1933)
David McCullough’s works of narrative history have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and their insight into American life. None of his books has ever been out of print. Twice he has won the National Book Award and the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize. He received the Pulitzer Prize for both “John Adams” and his monumental biography of Harry S. Truman. He has also won awards from the National Book Foundation and the New York Public Library, and received the National Humanities Medal, the St. Louis Literary Award and the Carl Sandburg Award. McCullough is a past president of the Society of American Historians. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received 31 honorary degrees. He has spoken at the White House and is one of only a few private citizens to be asked to address a joint session of Congress.