Photo by William B. McCullough
Pulitzer Prizes aren't like Nobel Peace Prizes. They don't give them out to just anybody. David McCullough has two under his belt. He's the best thing that ever happened to the Historic Narrative genre and some of his books would fall under the "required reading for every American" category were I in charge.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at the Nashville Public Library. It was a fantastic lecture. Afterward, I shook his hand and told him how thankful I was for his books. He was a warm and genuine fellow.
If you want to learn about America from the master historian of our time, pick a book (they're all excellent) and dig in.