On March 18, 1968, Simon & Schuster published David McCullough's first book. Since then, the American historian has written seven more critically acclaimed works, all with S&S, most repped by Mort Janklow, that have nearly nine million copies in print. Michael Korda is the editor behind most of the books and attributes McCullough's success to three things: the author's “unbeatable instinctive sense for historical subjects that the American public wants to read about”; his ability to instill trust in his readers; and his books' combination of scrupulous research and “brilliant narrative.” In 1995, HBO made a movie of Truman, and last night (Mar. 16), the network debuted a seven-part miniseries based on John Adams. S&S has published a tie-in edition, on sale now.
1968The Johnstown Flood is published.1972
The Great Bridge is published.
The Path Between the Seas is published, wins National Book Award.
Mornings on Horseback is published, wins National Book Award.
Brave Companions is published; PW says, “the essays unfold seamlessly.”
Truman is published, wins Pulitzer Prize. PW calls it “an impressive tribute.”
McCullough wins the National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
John Adams is published, wins Pulitzer Prize. PW: “A preeminent master of narrative history takes on the most fascinating of our founders to create a benchmark for all Adams biographers.”
McCullough narrates the film Seabiscuit.
1776 is published; PW heralds, “History writing at its best from one of its top practitioners.”
HBO premieres John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti.