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The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

by David McCullough

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The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For by David McCullough

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.

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ISBN-13:
9781501174216
9781501174216
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/18/2017
Pages:
192
192
Sales rank:
282
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, 1776, The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit DavidMcCullough.com.

Hometown:

West Tisbury, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1933

Place of Birth:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A., Yale University, 1955
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The American Spirit

Simon Willard’s Clock

JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS


Washington, D.C.

1989

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Senator Dole, Members of the 101st Congress, ladies and gentlemen. For a private citizen to be asked to speak before Congress is a rare and very high honor and I thank you.

Simon Willard was never a Member of Congress in the usual sense. Simon Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts, was a clockmaker early in the nineteenth century and he did it all by hand and by eye.

“In cutting his wheel teeth,” reads an old account, “he did not mark out the spaces on the blank [brass] wheel and cut the teeth to measure, but he cut, rounded up and finished the teeth as he went along, using his eye only in spacing, and always came out even. . . .

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Simon Willard's Clock 17

Civilization and the City 44

The Spirit of Jefferson 63

Which Way Forward 78

The Animating Spirit 97

The Lessons of History 116

What's Essential Is Invisible 128

The First to Reside Here 164

History Lost and Found 176

The Bulwark of Freedom 195

Knowing Who We Are 213

The Ties That Bind 246

The Love of Learning 285

The Summons to Serve 300

A Building Like No Other 311

Acknowledgments 339

Photo Credits 341

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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

★ 05/01/2017
Historian McCullough (Truman; John Adams), a Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author, presents this collection of 15 inspiring speeches in which he celebrates America's talent for curiosity, intelligence, goodwill, and humanity. McCullough is an eloquent writer, and the speeches are designed to be uplifting and celebratory. Amid all of the dissimulation and discourtesy that demands our attention, these brief essays celebrating national aspirations are intended to remind readers that, regardless of shortcomings, Americans have largely strived to better themselves and their country. Whether discussing the building of the U.S. capitol or the storied career of physician Benjamin Rush, McCullough manages to celebrate the people who have helped improve or build upon the nation's founding. VERDICT A concise read that will be well-received in public and academic history collections.—Edwin Burgess, Kansas City, KS

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Customer Reviews (4)
BRILLIANT!
BRILLIANT!
- GRACIE9492
June 6, 2017
- Anonymous
July 29, 2017
McCullough's passion for using the stories of people's lives - tha ...
McCullough's passion for using the stories of people's lives - that is, history - to inspire us to lead productive, beneficial lives is as evident in his speeches (some of which are collected in this book) as in his wonderful books. It's short, so you will not need a huge block of time, but be sure you have a few hours blocked out before you start this one - you will not want to put it down.
- DRWells
April 23, 2017
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