Marquette University’s 2011 commencement address

David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian

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Acclaimed as a "master of the art of narrative history," David McCullough won the Pulitzer Prize for Truman, his biography of Harry Truman, and his biography of President John Adams. McCullough won the National Book Award twice, and his books, published in 10 languages, have never been out of print. His latest book, The Greater Journey, was published in May 2011.

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From Cicero to Anthony Trollope to Adams, McCullough used literary references and life experiences to provide advice and a recommended reading list to the nearly 2,400 students who graduated in Marquette's Class of 2011. He counseled them to "make time to think," "keep on reading" and choose work they "love." Because in life, he says, "What you do is to a large degree who you become as a person." McCullough also received an honorary degree from Marquette.




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