Number of page: 256
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition. Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, “the little woman who made the big war”; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America. Different as they are from each other, McCullough’s subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the reader, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon lives.
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BRAVE COMPANIONS: Portraits in History Lyrical historical homages—many drawn from magazines such as Life, etc., to both people and events, by eminent historian McCullough (Mornings on Horseback, 1981, etc.). The destinies of McCullough’s human subjects unfold from their character and landscape. Enlivened here by the author’s lyrical prose, these men and women embody the pioneering spirit in a multitude of pursuits: science (Alexander
- Tod Davis
Great Read! What an enjoyable book. Many of the essays were topics I would never have read, but he made them interesting. Others I couldn’t get enough of and will seek out more books on that topic. I love his writing style and in several instances enjoyed the language as much as the topic.
LibraryThing Review Entertaining mini-bios. There’s a couple of clunkers, but I enjoyed this more than I expected to. Being a Little Free Library find makes it a bonus.
LibraryThing Review Like any story collection, this had its highs and lows. But McCullough is so in love with American history, and the people who made it, that he sweeps you along and even when I found and essay less
LibraryThing Review McCullough is one of my favorite historians. This is an interesting collective biography of mostly forgotten figures from American history who McCullough convincingly makes the case are worth remembering.
LibraryThing Review Interesting collection of short biographical sketches. Easy way to read some interesting pieces on some well-known and not-so-well-known people.
LibraryThing Review Mixed bag. It’s a series of personality portraits–each chapter is about a different topic or person–that McCullough finds interesting or influential. The Chapters don’t bear any immediate
LibraryThing Review After reading McCollough’s Truman, I made it a point to search out and read all of his prior works. Having done so, I was pleased to find this book which is basically a collection of magazine articles
LibraryThing Review What a pleasure he is to read. I love his writing style. Unsurprisingly, some pieces appeared originally in Smithsonian.
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