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Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough

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From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough, who narrates his beloved classic-never before an audio.The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition. Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, "the little woman who made the big war"; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America. Different as they are from each other, McCullough's subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the listener, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon lives.



  • The stories in 'Brave Companions: Portraits in History' are absolutely fantastic. I couldn't get enough of them and I definitely want more. However, I did find the narration a tad difficult to comprehend at certain points.
  • If you're a fan of history and enjoy reading books by David McCullough, you're going to absolutely adore this book. It's filled with exceptional stories that are sure to captivate your interest.
  • I really liked the plethora of captivating stories found in each individual biography or historical account. I made it a habit to listen to this audiobook during road trips, and it definitely helped me cover a substantial distance.
  • David McCullough is an absolute legend when it comes to history! He's got this incredible ability to captivate your attention, earn your respect, and impart his vast understanding and knowledge. After reading his work, I feel a strong urge to expand my own mental capabilities, just like he has. McCullough has truly given me the gift of history. Prior to discovering authors like him, I struggled to fully grasp historical concepts. But now, delving into the past is an absolute delight and brings me immense happiness.
  • The wide range of captivating subjects present in this book is truly motivational, leaving readers with a strong desire to explore, embark on adventures, and above all, embrace the role of an observer.
  • I've been eagerly anticipating the release of "Brave Companions" as an audiobook for a while now. Originally published in 1991, it was written by none other than David McCullough himself. Needless to say, I was thrilled to discover that he would be the one narrating it. When it comes to recounting history, there's simply no one better than McCullough. And let's not forget about his captivating voice. It's as if he's the ultimate authority for all historians out there. As for the book itself, the stories contained within feel almost like additional anecdotes to complement his other remarkable works such as "Roosevelt" and "The Brooklyn Bridge." In the latter part of the book, McCullough's personal journey takes center stage, delving into his career, life, and the process behind writing his very first book, "The Johnstown Flood." Before his incredible voice fades into the background, I truly hope that they release the audio version of "In the Dark Streets Shineth" while McCullough is still with us.