Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian’s career explored as he dies aged 89
Famous American author David McCullough died on August 7, 2022 at the age of 89.
The news of his disappearance was announced by his family on his Facebook account on August 8. According to the message, McCullough died in Hingham, Mass. At the time of his death, he was “surrounded by his five children”.
McCullough was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. His work covered a wide range of topics such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Panama Canal, the Wright Brothers and more, making him one of the most renowned historians of his time.
In an official statement from Simon & Schuster publishing house, Managing Director Jonathan Karp paid tribute to the author:
“David McCullough was a national treasure. His books have brought history to life for millions of readers. Through his biographies he dramatically illustrated the most ennobling aspects of the American character.”
McCullough died less than two months after the death of his wife, Rosalee Barnes.
What Was David McCullough’s Net Worth? Exploration of his illustrious career
The renowned author hailed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was born on July 7, 1933. According to Idol Networth, he had a net worth of $8 million – the result of his career as an author, historian, lecturer and of narrator.
McCullough wrote on a variety of topics after earning a degree in English from the prestigious Yale University. His first book, titled The Johnstown Floodwas published in 1968 and earned him three more book deals.
His fascination with the architecture of iconic structures such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal strongly influenced his early works, leading him to authored books like the Big Bridge (1972) and The path between the seas (1977). The latter won McCollough critical acclaim and won the National Book Award in History.
He was also drawn to early American presidents and often wrote about them. His book on Harry Truman, titled Trumanwas published in 1992 and won him his first Pulitzer Prize. John Adamsbased on the US president of the same name, was published in 2001 and became the best-selling non-fiction book in history, winning McCullough his second Pulitzer Prize.
Some of his other notable books include Mornings on horseback (nineteen eighty one), brave companions (1991)1776 (2005)In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story (2010)The big trip (2011)The Wright Brothers (2015) and The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For (2017).
Additionally, David McCullough has also lent his voice to movies and TV series like PBS’ The American Experience, Seabiscuitand Civil war, an Emmy Award-winning documentary by Ken Burns.
In 2006, McCullough received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by then-President George W. Bush.
On a personal note, he married Rosalee Barnes in 1954. The now deceased couple are survived by their five children.