The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West (Paperback)David McCullough (author)
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McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler's son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science.
Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, written with David McCullough's signature narrative energy.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm
"David McCullough has become perhaps our best-loved chronicler of America's past. . . . The Pioneers is the account not just of one Ohio settlement but of myriad such places across America, where innumerable immigrants (as the settlers were known) came to make a fresh start in a strange land. It is a story as resonant today as ever." -- Gerard Helferich * The Wall Street Journal *
"McCullough is among the most thoughtful and thorough historians of the past two generations. . . . [A] great American mind." -- John S. Gardner * The Guardian *
"McCullough is a master of research along with being a wonderful storyteller. He takes the history of the area and turns what could be dry and dull into vibrant and compelling tales. . . . Lovers of history told well know that McCullough is one of the best writers of our past, and his latest will only add to his acclaim." -- Jeff Ayers * Associated Press *
"To read The Pioneers is to understand that the settlement of the Northwest Territory was, in some ways, a second phase of the American Revolution - a messy experiment, touched by high ideals and bitter conflicts, that still resonates in ways we're only beginning to grasp."
-- Danny Heitman * Christian Science Monitor *
"Like McCullough's other books, The Pioneers succeeds because of the author's strength as a storyteller. The book reads like a novel, with a cast of fascinating characters that the average reader isn't likely to know about. . . . A worthy addition to McCullough's impressive body of work." -- Michael Schaub * NPR.org *
"Readers will immediately recognize that storytelling is one of Mr. McCullough's great literary strengths. He consistently produces engaging prose about a particular period of time, and makes history come alive."
-- Michael Taube * The Washington Times *
"A lively history of the Ohio River region in the years between the Revolution and the Civil War. . . . [McCullough's] narrative abounds with well-recognized figures in American history-John Quincy Adams, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Johnny Appleseed-while highlighting lesser-known players. . . . Vintage McCullough and a book that students of American history will find captivating." * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) *
"In his usual revealing style, McCullough has crafted another dynamic volume of American history. With clarity and incisiveness, he details the experience of a brave and broad-minded band of people who crossed raging rivers, chopped down forests, plowed miles of land, suffered incalculable hardships and braved a lonely frontier to forge a new American ideal. They were indeed the pioneers."
-- Dave Kindy * The Providence Journal *
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