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David McCullough's Next Book?

Posted by Doug Most  November 19, 2012 09:45 AM

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The historian and author who has covered subjects from the Brooklyn Bridge to John Adams to the Panama Canal to Paris in the early 1900s, and who finds his inspiration strolling the streets of Boston, has his next subject: Airplanes.

The New York Times reports exclusively that McCullough, who is 78, will write about the impact the early days that aviation had on society. The book will span the years starting with the Wright Brothers and ending with Charles Lindbergh.

McCullough's last book, "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris," examined the lives of some famous and not-so-famous Americans living in Paris before World War I. The latest news came from Michael Hill, who has worked as a researcher with McCullough for years, during an interview with C-SPAN.

During an interview with the Globe's Joe Kahn in 2011, McCullough said he had not yet decided on his next book.

“There are an infinite number of wonderful subjects that are open to be looked at. I keep a running list until something just hits me. Then I know exactly what I want to do.’’

And when he does it, he said it will be on the Royal manual typewriter he has used for years. “People tell me I’d go faster if I used a computer," he told Kahn, "but I don’t want to go faster. If anything, I want to go slower.’’

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