Brave Companions

Brave Companions

Portraits in History

Book - 1992
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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-Exup#65533;ry 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, c1992
ISBN: 9780671792763
0671792768
Branch Call Number: 920.073 M139b
Characteristics: xv, 240 pages ; 25 cm

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marktomecko Jun 29, 2014

McCullough examines an eclectic group of people in this book, from scientists to authors to environmental activists. However, his amazing ability to write compelling narratives comes through and really draws you in. One of his last chapters is about his love for Washington, DC. If you love McCullough's books, this is a must read.

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