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Citadel News Service
3 Feb 2017

Pulitzer Prize author David McCullough delivers public talk Feb. 9

One of the nation’s greatest historians presents preview of “The American Spirit," hosted by Prof. Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

David McCullough at The Citadel

The man lauded as one of America’s greatest historians, David McCullough, will provide a public preview of his upcoming book about the settlement of the American frontier. He will discuss the research and reasoning behind his 11th book, The American Spirit, and share reflections on the The American Spirit book coverenduring qualities of good leadership in American history.

There is no cost to attend the event which will take place at 6:45 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 9, in Buyer Auditorium. The venue is located in Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus (#9 on the virtual map here). The audience is expected to be able to ask questions after the presentation.

Several of McCullough’s books have earned the highest literary awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, the National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Some of his books include: The Path Between the Sea, Mornings on Horseback, Truman; John Adams, 1776, and The Wright Brothers. Among the 15 historical documentaries McCullough has presented or narrated are: The Civil War (Ken Burns), Huey Long, D-Day Remembered, The Statue of Liberty, and American Experience. McCullough has earned 54 honorary degrees.

A citation from Yale, his alma mater, states that McCullough “paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.”

McCullough is speaking as a guest of Citadel Professor of American Government and Public Policy and former Charleston mayor, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Riley will introduce McCullough at the event and is also hosting numerous other dignitaries as part of the course he is teaching called Old South City, New South Revival. The 15 classes in the course are open to members of the public who register in advance by emailing There is no charge for the public to attend. Class themes include Charleston and the Remaking of the American City, Ruin and Recovery: Hurricane Hugo and the Re-Making of the Lowcountry, and the Emanuel Massacre and Post-Racial America. To see the full list of classes please click here.

The American Spirit is being published by Simon and Schuster and will be released in April. McCullough’s talk is sponsored by The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Initiative in American Government and Public Policy. The initiative provides extracurricular programs and activities under the Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Endowed Chair of American Government and Public Policy, to promote better understanding of principles of ethical and effective leadership.

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