The American Spirit - David McCullough

The American Spirit

By David McCullough

  • Release Date: 2017-04-18
  • Genre: United States
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A timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, the most honored historian in the United States—winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others—that reminds us of fundamental American principles.

“Insightful and inspirational, The American Spirit summons a vexed and divided nation to remember—and cherish—our unifying ideas and ideals” (Richmond Times-Dispatch). Over the course of his distinguished career, McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following the bitter 2016 election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume that celebrates the important principles and characteristics that are particularly American.

The American Spirit is as inspirational as it is brilliant, as simple as it is sophisticated” (Buffalo News). McCullough reminds us of the core American values that define us, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward.


  • Important for today

    By schnei89
    This book is a compilation of speeches that David McCullough gave throughout his career. They cover the significance in history, literacy, education, and civility. With everything going on in the world today, I cannot exaggerate that this is one of the most important books I’ve ever read. Please take the time to read it.
  • Patriotic Reminder

    By L D Herring
    Refreshing reminder of how great America is to live, work and play.
  • Timeless Read

    By Bahenry99
    David McCullough again transcends time with his writings and speeches relative to our American Experience. This collection is timeless and so very appropriate for all to study - especially now given our current “socio-political” experiences. Read it and enjoy these views into our American Spirit.
  • The American Spirit

    By Vince the Readinator
    Solid book with an interesting view of many historical events. This book will build your interest in several historical figures!
  • Interesting book!

    By bookreviewer12
    Really enjoyed this read...