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2022-08-08 4:28:15 PM  
Sorry to hear this.

I think "John Adams" was the best biography I ever read.
 
2022-08-08 5:36:57 PM  

Rene ala Carte: Sorry to hear this.

I think "John Adams" was the best biography I ever read.


Pretty much everything the man wrote was probably the best you read about something. The Great Bridge is an absolutely outstanding book about the Brooklyn Bridge but it's also a great book about the engineering of suspension bridges in its own right.
 
2022-08-08 6:02:10 PM  
Hell of a good run. I think the last work of his I read was 1776.
 
2022-08-08 6:05:57 PM  
Ah man, the voice behind Ken Burns The Brooklyn Bridge and The Civil War.

RIP
 
2022-08-08 6:07:48 PM  
RIP

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2022-08-08 6:09:12 PM  
My dear David is dead
Mary Chestnut
 
2022-08-08 6:10:36 PM  
is this 3 in one day
 
2022-08-08 6:11:00 PM  
Read "The Path Between the Seas" recently, about the Panama Canal, and have "The Greater Journey" in my bedside table "to read" pile. Not usually a nonfiction reader but have enjoyed his work.
 
2022-08-08 6:17:19 PM  
Even though he thought he was too old to play a teenager, I thought he rocked in "Grease". And he was one of the early stars of MTV....

/wait, wha?
 
2022-08-08 6:19:40 PM  
I prefer Doris Kearns Goodwin as a presidential historian, but I've loved McCullough's sweeping coverage of events. He's miles better than John Meacham. He'll be missed.
 
2022-08-08 6:22:10 PM  
David McCallum- The Edge
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RIP sample guy
 
2022-08-08 6:23:51 PM  
His Truman biography covers really well what a political shiat show the Missouri/Kansas region was in the lead up to, as well as the period after the Civil War when Truman was born.

Those people ran hot and outside the lines.

Truman himself was pretty strait laced, but he knew how crooked people could be.

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RIP, last of the heavy weight historians
 
2022-08-08 6:30:02 PM  
That's one less Dave I know.
 
2022-08-08 6:34:08 PM  

Ragin' Asian: I prefer Doris Kearns Goodwin as a presidential historian, but I've loved McCullough's sweeping coverage of events. He's miles better than John Meacham. He'll be missed.


 Robert Caro would be up there if he wrote on anyone other than LBJ.  Or if he would ever finish his series on LBJ.
 
2022-08-08 6:35:50 PM  

Spartapuss: That's one less Dave I know.


Cheech and Chong - Dave's Not Here.
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2022-08-08 6:37:50 PM  
Our historical IQ just dropped by 10 points.
 
2022-08-08 6:38:55 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Ragin' Asian: I prefer Doris Kearns Goodwin as a presidential historian, but I've loved McCullough's sweeping coverage of events. He's miles better than John Meacham. He'll be missed.

 Robert Caro would be up there if he wrote on anyone other than LBJ.  Or if he would ever finish his series on LBJ.


One could fill volumes just recounting the incidents of LBG waving his tallywhacker around.😜
 
2022-08-08 6:39:28 PM  
That is a serious bummer.  Truman and John Adams are both excellent works.   I have 1776 and Mornings on Horseback queued up on the shelf.  When I'm done with my current read (Biography of Henry VI) I'll pull one of them off in memory.
 
2022-08-08 6:39:43 PM  
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R I P Intimidator man
 
2022-08-08 6:41:35 PM  
Dead for Tax Reasons: [A Bit more of me David McCallum] RIP sample guy

Never heard that and oddly I liked it a lot. I'm into retro instrumental theatrical soundtracks with no vocals Sergio Leone style and that was par excellence
 
2022-08-08 6:42:52 PM  
Gonna miss my McCullough.
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2022-08-08 6:43:22 PM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: His Truman biography covers really well what a political shiat show the Missouri/Kansas region was in the lead up to, as well as the period after the Civil War when Truman was born.

Those people ran hot and outside the lines.

Truman himself was pretty strait laced, but he knew how crooked people could be.

.
RIP, last of the heavy weight historians


Also, Truman, was being a badass using his artillery to keep the Germans off the 35th Division's flank, while Patton and MacArthur were dicking around posing on top of a hill outside St. Mihiel.
 
2022-08-08 6:51:21 PM  
I really enjoyed his path between the seas , although I would have liked to learn more about the day-to-day working schedules and activities of the French efforts, which is the nittest nitpick to ever nitpick
 
2022-08-08 6:53:29 PM  

UNC_Samurai: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: His Truman biography covers really well what a political shiat show the Missouri/Kansas region was in the lead up to, as well as the period after the Civil War when Truman was born.

Those people ran hot and outside the lines.

Truman himself was pretty strait laced, but he knew how crooked people could be.

.
RIP, last of the heavy weight historians

Also, Truman, was being a badass using his artillery to keep the Germans off the 35th Division's flank, while Patton and MacArthur were dicking around posing on top of a hill outside St. Mihiel.


He was a badass too. Look at this guy. He's cut from wood:

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Been a while since I read McCullough's book, but IIRC, I think he had to do the old memorize the eye chart trick just to get in.
 
2022-08-08 6:54:13 PM  
Robert Utley died in June, which is sad.  He laid the groundwork for so much of Western history.
 
2022-08-08 6:57:06 PM  
He did great and readable general history books. Sorely will be missed.
 
2022-08-08 6:58:17 PM  
I have nothing to say. Great people keep dying.
 
2022-08-08 7:02:25 PM  
One of the best things I did for a long road trip was to get "1776" and "The Wright Brothers" on audiobook. McCullough read his own works so you get his excellent writing combined with that great narrator's voice.

RIP
 
2022-08-08 7:56:14 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Even though he thought he was too old to play a teenager, I thought he rocked in "Grease". And he was one of the early stars of MTV....

/wait, wha?


Grease trifecta in play?
 
2022-08-08 8:35:06 PM  
His writing was fantastic and definitely the authoritative works on many subjects, but I always found him a bit too hero-worshippy.

His Adams bio paints the man as a sort of angelic hero, but other sources seem to paint him as a pain in the ass who was generally unliked. It's little things like this that made me a bit wary of accepting the writing whole hog. 1776 was particularly biased, IMO.

His Path Between the Seas history of the Panama Canal was excellent, though, and much more evenhanded than his personal biographies.
 
2022-08-08 8:48:52 PM  

Rene ala Carte: Sorry to hear this.

I think "John Adams" was the best biography I ever read.


I listened to it on road trips. I agree.
 
2022-08-08 9:00:18 PM  
RIP Mr. McCulloch, i have most of his books and theyre all fantastic reading, wrapped up john adams last week. thanks for all the great reads sir.
 
2022-08-08 9:14:17 PM  
The Great Bridge is an absolutely outstanding book about the Brooklyn Bridge but it's also a great book about the engineering of suspension bridges in its own right.

I have the highest respect for all of his books but The Great Bridge is a stunning piece of journalism.  It treats the nasty nasty politics of the day -- where NY politicians tried to steal the proceeds from construction.  It treats the science of dealing with the bends.  It is stunningly well-illustrated.
 
2022-08-08 9:32:25 PM  

Lsherm: Rene ala Carte: Sorry to hear this.

I think "John Adams" was the best biography I ever read.

Pretty much everything the man wrote was probably the best you read about something. The Great Bridge is an absolutely outstanding book about the Brooklyn Bridge but it's also a great book about the engineering of suspension bridges in its own right.


I have all his books. I love what he said in The Great Bridge, to the effect that he wasn't an engineer, but if he could make himself understand it, his readers would, too. Mornings on Horseback is another favorite, as is his first, about the Johnstown Flood.
 
2022-08-08 10:14:31 PM  

berylman: Dead for Tax Reasons: [A Bit more of me David McCallum] RIP sample guy

Never heard that and oddly I liked it a lot. I'm into retro instrumental theatrical soundtracks with no vocals Sergio Leone style and that was par excellence


he's probably known better as illya kuryakin or ducky, but that song was pretty influential
 
2022-08-08 10:55:55 PM  
I recommend his book on the Wright brothers if you are interested in the nitty gritty of how they got to their first flight and what happened after.
 
2022-08-08 11:25:09 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: His writing was fantastic and definitely the authoritative works on many subjects, but I always found him a bit too hero-worshippy.

His Adams bio paints the man as a sort of angelic hero, but other sources seem to paint him as a pain in the ass who was generally unliked. It's little things like this that made me a bit wary of accepting the writing whole hog. 1776 was particularly biased, IMO.

His Path Between the Seas history of the Panama Canal was excellent, though, and much more evenhanded than his personal biographies.


One of the things about Adams being a pain in the ass:  Adams was the one that popularized that myth. Adams was very much self-deprecating individual, however Tom " I raped my 14 year old wife's half sister slave" Jefferson went on a very aggressive character assassination of Adams. Adams, who was very much plagued with self doubt, figured that he would be forgotten by history and joined in on the jokes.

As David Pointed out, John Adams was appointed to be chairmen of very many committees in the continental congress, part of the Declaration of Independence committee,  and was considered the most accomplished political/legal mind in America.  He also managed to win second place in the first Presidential election, giving him the Vice Presidency.

You don't really get that far in politics by being an asshole.  At least not until Jefferson's term.
 
2022-08-08 11:26:37 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: You don't really get that far in politics by being an asshole.  At least not until Jefferson's term.


So about 12 years? :)
 
2022-08-08 11:38:55 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: Darth_Lukecash: You don't really get that far in politics by being an asshole.  At least not until Jefferson's term.

So about 12 years? :)


We were lucky to get that long. :-)
 
2022-08-08 11:48:51 PM  
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