Why History Matters

How the past shapes our present and informs our future.

“History is an extension of life. It both enlarges and intensifies the experience of being alive. It’s like poetry and art. Or music. And it’s ours, to enjoy.” – David McCullough

The B&N Podcast: David McCullough

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough shares his thoughts on the importance of history.

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David McCullough is one of the most beloved and respected historians of our time—a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize whose works explore the private lives of American presidents and delve into the underpinnings of conflicts, events, and personalities that changed history. But even a genius needs inspiration, so on the eve of the release of his latest book, The Pioneers, we asked him to share with us the works that have shaped him as a thinker, a writer, and one of our most-trusted authorities on the world as it was.
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“History encourages, as nothing else does, a sense of proportion about life, gives us a sense of the relative scale of our own brief time on earth and how valuable that is.” — David McCullough

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