Mornings on Horseback Book Review

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Laila Suwannakood 5th period Due: August 14, 2012 David McCullough was a young boy who was born on July 7, 1933 and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Christian and Ruth McCullough. In his younger years, he attended Linden Avenue Grade School and Shady Side Academy. As he grew older he attended Yale University and graduated English Literature with honors. While at Yale, he met an author, Thornton Wilder. Before writing, McCullough's interests were politics and art. After meeting Wilder, he was motivated to write and become an author. During his time at Yale, he also met his potential wife, Rosalee Barnes. He later graduated from Yale and moved to New York to work for Sports Illustrated as an editorial assistant. By 1964, he became a full time editor for American Heritage in Washington. Soon after David and Rosalee got married and started a family, he began to write his first book, The Johnstown Flood. In 1968, it became a bestseller and drove McCullough to quit editing and become a full time author. Among his first book, he began to write many more such as The Path Between the Seas, The Great Bridge, Mornings on Horseback, Truman, John Adams, and In The Dark Streets Shineth. McCullough is a twice winner of the National Book Award. He also won twice for the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize. For the book, Truman, he received a Pulitzer Prize. In honor of all McCullough's work, he was given the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award along with many others that were given. Throughout his life, he was not only an author but he was also an editor, essayist, an enthusiastic reader, traveler, landscape painter, lecturer, teacher, appeared on television shows as a host, and a narrator for many documentaries. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science, and received 31 honorary degrees. David

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