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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: David McCullough Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780743552011
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FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING
AUTHOR OF JOHN ADAMS

On May 15th, 2003 David McCullough presented The Course of Human Events as The 2003 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington, DC. The Jefferson Lecture is a tribute to McCullough's lifetime investigation of history.
In this short speech, this master historian tracks his fascination with all things historical to his early days in Pittsburgh where he "learned to love history by way of books" in bookshops and at the local library.
McCullough eloquently leads us through the founding fathers' attraction to history, letting us in on his composition of 1776 as well as the Pulitzer Prize winning John Adams. His obvious affection for history is inspiring, because it encompasses the whole reach of the human drama. In McCullough's able hands, history truly "is a larger way of looking at life." Download and start listening now!

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  • “David McCullough reminds listeners that history is made up of human beings, not gods. He cites the flaws of the Founding Fathers as he ticks off their accomplishments…McCullough reads as a master lecturer as he discusses the Founders.” 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 2/20/2014

    " Not really a book, but interesting enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 2/15/2014

    " Short, but very insightful and inspirational. In this lecture, McCullough talks about the role of history in our lives, and how it played a role in the lives of our founding fathers. This greatly increases my respect for McCullough and the study of history. Highly recommended for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raelene | 2/6/2014

    " David McCullough is a historian for the love of history. This is a great short lecture about the fundamental nature and role history should play in our present, in our day to day life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/30/2014

    " Short and sweet. This is perfect 4th of July material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 1/2/2014

    " Insightful and fascinating. A must read/listen to for history buffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hany | 12/30/2013

    " A gripping and telling lecture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 12/30/2013

    " This is a great little piece centering on the signing of the Declaration of Independence but including literary biography of David McCullough and thoughts on history and early American patriotism. I've previously read John Adams and this this work provided a little more connection with the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantelle | 7/25/2013

    " Great lecture on the Declaration of Independence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 7/4/2013

    " This was short, sweet, and to the point. An intimate look at some of our Nation's greatest leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 6/17/2013

    " What a lovely little lecture. I could listen to McCullough all day long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent Russo | 4/26/2013

    " A great emphasis on the importance of reading and pursuit of knowledge from the founding fathers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/22/2013

    " The audio version was a bit difficult to follow while driving, and since I wanted to absorb the full message, I listened to it a few times since it was so short. Wonderful message and insight in to our history, our founders, and the importance of education. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/2/2012

    " A speech given by David McCullough for the Jefferson lecture series. It given some background about his thoughts on history, how he came to love it as a child and develop it into a career. A nice short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Engel | 9/12/2012

    " Love David McCullogh...what he writes and narrates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 8/8/2012

    " awesome speech by mccullough. really really good. he's brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summers | 4/1/2012

    " This was a GREAT presentation by McCullough and well worth the 1.5 hrs to listen to it! I am going to listen over again, just to catch some of the books he referenced -- and then add them to my reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/27/2011

    " A good essay that makes the case for education and reading, especially reading history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 7/16/2011

    " A very enjoyable 45-minute lecture by a great writer and historian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larissa | 7/6/2011

    " anything McCullough writes is golden. This is a short speech he gave and it touches on the basis for humanity and higher education from the earliest days of America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 5/20/2011

    " awesome book, way too short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/12/2011

    " This is a speech that McCullough gave. After reading it I wish I could have been there to hear him give the speech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/24/2011

    " This one hour lecture pulls together key points from several of McCullough's books into a nice discourse on American history. I look forward to reading more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 12/11/2010

    " While listening I was wishing I had a transcription for all the quotes I wanted to keep. McCullough nails it on the head about the Founding Fathers of America. I recommend it for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 8/16/2010

    " Every time I hear David McCullough speak, he inspires me to study more history, to study more in general, and to write...always to write. I love it. This lecture is informative, interesting and inspiring. It's only 45 mintues long, so I intend to listen to it several more times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent | 4/22/2010

    " A great emphasis on the importance of reading and pursuit of knowledge from the founding fathers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/22/2010

    " A speech given by David McCullough for the Jefferson lecture series. It given some background about his thoughts on history, how he came to love it as a child and develop it into a career. A nice short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summers | 2/3/2010

    " This was a GREAT presentation by McCullough and well worth the 1.5 hrs to listen to it! I am going to listen over again, just to catch some of the books he referenced -- and then add them to my reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 9/16/2009

    " awesome speech by mccullough. really really good. he's brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantelle | 9/15/2009

    " Great lecture on the Declaration of Independence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 8/1/2009

    " This one hour lecture pulls together key points from several of McCullough's books into a nice discourse on American history. I look forward to reading more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 7/29/2009

    " Insightful and fascinating. A must read/listen to for history buffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 7/20/2009

    " Every time I hear David McCullough speak, he inspires me to study more history, to study more in general, and to write...always to write. I love it. This lecture is informative, interesting and inspiring. It's only 45 mintues long, so I intend to listen to it several more times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theo | 6/25/2009

    " All Americans need to listen to this book and understand there responsibility to our country. History is important and we all play a part in. As someone once said “if we don’t learn from history we are condemned to repeat it.” "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 6/20/2009

    " Short and sweet. This is perfect 4th of July material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 3/29/2009

    " Not really a book, but interesting enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 10/14/2008

    " Short, but very insightful and inspirational. In this lecture, McCullough talks about the role of history in our lives, and how it played a role in the lives of our founding fathers. This greatly increases my respect for McCullough and the study of history. Highly recommended for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raelene | 9/16/2008

    " David McCullough is a historian for the love of history. This is a great short lecture about the fundamental nature and role history should play in our present, in our day to day life. "

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About the Author
Author David McCullough

David McCullough, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author, 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 are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.