- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
- Format: CD-Audio
- Dimensions: 132mm x 145mm x 20mm | 181g
- Publication date: 24 May 2011
- ISBN 10: 1442344164
- ISBN 13: 9781442344167
- Edition: Abridged
- Edition statement: abridged edition
- Sales rank: 882,891
A Special Audio Presentation of Unabridged Selections Personally Chosen by David McCullough " The Greater Journey "is the enthralling, inspiring--and until now, untold--story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. Most had never left home, never experienced a different culture. None had any guarantee of success. That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history. As David McCullough writes, "Not all pioneers went west." Writer Emma Willard, who founded the first women's college in America, was one of the intrepid bunch. Another was Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne where he saw black students with the same ambition he had, and when he returned home, he would become the most powerful, unyielding voice for abolition in the U.S. Senate. James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Cooper writing and Morse painting what would be his masterpiece. From something he saw in France, Morse would also bring home his momentous idea for the telegraph. Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James were all "discovering" Paris, marveling at the treasures in the Louvre, or out with the Sunday throngs strolling the city's boulevards and gardens. "At last I have come into a dreamland," wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe, seeking escape from the notoriety "Uncle Tom's Cabin "had brought her. The genius of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and painter George Healy would flourish in Paris, inspired by the examples of brillant French masters, and by Paris itself. For this special audio presentation, McCullough has chosen a selection of portraits, excerpted in their entirety, that bring us into the lives of these remarkable men and women. A sweeping, fascinating story told with power and intimacy, "The Greater Journey "is itself a masterpiece. " "
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David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for "Truman" and "John Adams," and twice received the National Book Award, for "The Path Between the Seas" and "Mornings on Horseback." He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.
"There is not an uninteresting page here as one fascinating character after another is explored at a crucial stage of his development. . . . Wonderful, engaging writing full of delighting detail." --John Barron, "Chicago Sun-Times"