Powells' latest author interviewee is the august David McCullough, whose latest, 1776, steers its readers through the chain of events that led to United States independence.
A decade ago — years still before John Adams would officially establish David McCullough as America's most popular history teacher — McCullough accepted the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at a ceremony in New York. "History shows us how to behave," he told those in attendance.
"History teaches, reinforces what we believe in, what we stand for, and what we ought to be willing to stand up for. History is — or should be — the bedrock of patriotism, not the chest-pounding kind of patriotism but the real thing, love of country."