What We Are Reading Today: The Pioneers by David McCullough

Updated 10 June 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The Pioneers by David McCullough

  • The settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals

The Pioneers is a history of the settlement of the Northwest Territory in the years after the American Revolution.

In The Pioneers, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough “rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story — the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define the US,” said a review in goodreads.com.

McCullough’s other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, 1776, The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers. 

“Like those 19th-century historians, The Pioneers presents American history as a grand civics lesson, in which the accomplishments of our principled forebears serve as inspirations. Rather than wrestle with the moral complexities of western settlement, McCullough simplifies that civics lesson into a tale of inexorable triumph,” critic Andrew C. Isenberg said in a review for The Washington Post.


What We Are Reading Today: The White Devil’s Daughters by Julia Flynn Siler

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What We Are Reading Today: The White Devil’s Daughters by Julia Flynn Siler

  • It is such an empowering and hopeful book for women in advocacy and in fighting for the freedom of those who are most susceptible and vulnerable

This book dives into the historical times that are often neglected by American history.

It “draws out the invisible struggles and vulnerability that results from being an Asian American immigrant, and a woman,” said a review in godheads.com.

It said the book “is a definite read especially for those who want to understand the societal construct of the model minority, of oppression in American and Asian American history.” The review added: “It is such an empowering and hopeful book for women in advocacy and in fighting for the freedom of those who are most susceptible and vulnerable. Author Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist.

Her first book was the The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty.

As a veteran correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek magazine, Siler spent more than two decades in the Europe and the US, reporting from a dozen countries on various topics. Her stories and reviews have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America.