Historian David McCullough, RIP

If who controls the past controls the future, historian David McCullough controlled the future. And now he has joined history.

(Gifted WaPo article)

I especially appreciated his 1776 book, his collaborations with Ken Burns in all those Ken Burns documentaries, and the fact that he died with his scholarly reputation intact, unlike some other popular historians I won’t mention.

Magister Mundi McCullough.

And that voice.

His enthusiasm for his subjects was so infectious he even got me to care enough about young Teddy Roosevelt to finish Mornings on Horseback.

I think my favorite is The Path Between the Seas, the story of the construction of the Panama Canal.

I always loved hearing his voice. He will be missed for all the books we won’t get now.