David McCullough wrote the essay on Harry Truman for the book Character Above All, published earlier this year by Simon & Schuster. He also appears on the PBS television program adapted from the book.
Mr. McCullough is the author of a highly acclaimed biography of the 33rd President of the United States entitled, Truman (1992). The book was ten years in the making and won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1993. It was on the New York Times' hardcover bestsellers list for 43 weeks. It has sold more than one million copies.
Mr. McCullough's other historical works include The Johnstown Flood (1968); The Great Bridge (1972), the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge; The Path Between the Seas (1977), which chronicles the creation of the Panama Canal; Mornings on Horseback (1981), about the young Theodore Roosevelt; and Brave Companions (1992), essays on heroic figures past and present. He is currently at work on a book about Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
PBS viewers know Mr. McCullough as the host of The American Experience, and as narrator of Ken Burns' The Civil War and other PBS programs.
Mr. McCullough was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1933. He graduated from Yale with honors in English literature. He and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough live in West Tisbury, MA. where he is the Sunday night spaghetti chef. The McCulloughs have five children and nine grandchildren.