The Great Bridge Dedication

The Great BridgeDid you know that David McCullough, author of The Great Bridge and many other fabulously in-depth books on various subjects in American history, is getting a Pittsburgh bridge named after him? Henceforth (after the official dedication on July 7th), the 16th Street bridge will be known as the David McCullough Bridge. This recognition celebrates the famed author’s 80th birthday and his status as a native Pittsburgher who has reached great heights in his chosen field on the national and international stage. Mr. McCullough has been a long-time supporter of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and we salute him on this momentous occasion.

To celebrate, you should read one of David McCullough’s books or re-read your favorite, if you have already partaken of his many offerings. Below you will find a fairly comprehensive list of his works. Which is your tome of choice? Let us know how you feel about David McCullough and his books in the comments area.


Brave Companions: Portraits in History

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story

John Adams

The Johnstown Flood

Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became

Theodore Roosevelt

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914


-Melissa M. (Who is TOTALLY jealous that Mr. McCullough is getting this fabulous bridge named after him. This is her second favorite bridge in Pittsburgh! How “Pittsburgh” is it to have a favorite bridge anyway??)


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4 responses to “The Great Bridge Dedication

  1. David McCullough’s books (in particular, 1776 and The Johnstown Flood) are the books that got me started writing historical nonfiction. He made me realize that reading nonfiction didn’t have to be like reading a textbook.

  2. Reblogged this on Time Will Tell and commented:
    This is a great honor to one of the great modern historians and one of my favorite writers.

  3. Kate Grannemann

    My favorite McCullough book is The Great Bridge – the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. It tells the story from many perspectives – political and social history, engineering and science, and some great women’s history given the role of Emily Roebling, wife of Washington Roebling, in the completion of the bridge. “By and by it was common gossip that hers was the great mind behind the great work and that this, the most monumental engineering triumph of the age, was actually the doing of a woman, which as a general proposition was taken in some quarters to be both preposterous and calamitous. In truth, she had by then a thorough grasp of the engineering involved.” Favorite Pittsburgh bridge – Smithfield.

    • Melissa M.

      Kate – Love the insight into The Great Bridge! Who’d have thought a woman could do all that? Why, us woman, of course! And thankfully, more than a few men know it as well, even back then.

      And the Smithfield Street bridge is my favorite bridge too. :)

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