Brave Companions

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Simon and Schuster, May 31, 2007 - History - 256 pages
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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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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

Anthology of people who made history but aren't necessarily well known. Those are the folks that McCullough enjoys. The stories have their highs and lows. I enjoyed the Americans more than some of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - MikeRhode - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE Journey to the Top of the World
20
CHAPTER THREE The Unexpected Mrs Stowe
37
CHAPTER FOUR Glory Days in Medora
55
CHAPTER FIVE Remington
69
CHAPTER Six Steam Road to El Dorado
89
CHAPTER SEVEN The Builders
105
CHAPTER EIGHT The Treasure from the Carpentry Shop
118
CHAPTER NINE LongDistance Vision
125
CHAPTER ELEVEN The Lonely War of a Good Angry Man
145
CHAPTER TWELVE Miriam Rothschild
166
A Day with
175
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Washington on the Potomac
195
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Extraordinary Times
210
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Recommended Itinerary
220
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Simon Willards Clock
226
Index
233

CHAPTER TEN Cross the Blue Mountain
137

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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.

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