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. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
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and the National Book Award
National Book Award
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and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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, the United States' highest civilian award.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature
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from Yale University
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. His first book was The Johnstown Flood (1968); and he has since written eight more on such topics as Harry S Truman, John Adams
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, and the Brooklyn Bridge
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