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This cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For," by David McCullough. McCullough's latest book is a collection of talks he has given over the past 30 years. Known for such best-sellers as "John Adams" and "The Wright Brothers," McCullough also is one of the country's most popular speakers, in demand at colleges, historical societies and political gatherings, including a joint session of Congress in 1989. (Simon & Schuster via AP)

This cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For," by David McCullough. McCullough's latest book is a collection of talks he has given over the past 30 years. Known for such best-sellers as "John Adams" and "The Wright Brothers," McCullough also is one of the country's most popular speakers, in demand at colleges, historical societies and political gatherings, including a joint session of Congress in 1989. (Simon & Schuster via AP)

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