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Brave Companions: Portraits in History
     

Brave Companions: Portraits in History

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by Bonnie McCullough
 

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ISBN-13:
9780517104170
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/1993

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Brave Companions 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
TheStudleyBaritone More than 1 year ago
I'm not certain that I can be entirely unbiased where David McCullough is concerned, as I think he is probably the best writer of history we've had the pleasure to read. He has certainly spoiled me. Brave Companions is no exception to any of the other works in his collection. His research is obvious and exhaustive, and his style is inimitable. Much of this material can be read or gleaned from his prior books, but it gives you a great opportunity to have a sampler of his work. If you, like me, find his writing fascinating, you'll wind up reading his entire collection. I have wished that he would do a book like 1776 for each of the years of the Revolution. One other comment. A few years ago there was a best seller "Founding Brothers" which was a compendium of essays about the Revolution and the formative years of our Republic. All through the book, I had two recurring thoughts: "This feels and reads more like a textbook" and "I wonder what would have happened to this material in the hands of David McCullough?" You can't go wrong with Brave Companions. Or anything he writes. I am an unabashed fan, so you'll have to take this gushing praise with the appropriate grain of salt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McCollough is a fine writer and I enjoyed the book. For the individual who might be interested in history and simply needs to find a subject in which to immerse themselves, this book may be a good primer. For those (like me) that love McCollough's other texts for their in-depth exploration and drudgery of details I found Brave Companions too cursory. While catchy, I find the title, Brave Companions, imprecise. I think potential readers would be better served with a title like 'A Beautiful Heritage' highlighting not the subject's bravery but their contribution to their posterity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite books! McCullough can't be beat and this is one of his very best. A great book to give.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An odd collection of stories we all know a little about. These wonderful stories fill in the blanks nicely. One of those books you read and pick it up again later and reread again.
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"Brave Companions" is filled with fascinating accounts of people I'd heard of, but knew little about! It covers a wide variety of topics, as though the author were making "history hash" from bits and tidbits of true stories. I enjoyed it, and might re-read it in the future, unusual for me!
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I wanted to like this book because I love other works by this author. The portraits are dull on the whole, which is unfortunate. If I didn't know better, I would guess this book had been ghost written by a poor imposter.
DCarroll More than 1 year ago
Bought for my dad for Father's Day and the very picky reader loves it. He said that.it is very informative.
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