Brave Companions

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From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.

The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.

Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, “the little woman who made the big war”; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America.

Different as they are from each other, McCullough’s subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the reader, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon lives.


  • BraveCompanions 01 Title

    Duration: 28s
  • BraveCompanions 02 Dedication

    Duration: 20s
  • BraveCompanions 03 Introduction

    Duration: 17min
  • BraveCompanions 04 Part1Ch1

    Duration: 52min
  • BraveCompanions 05 Ch2

    Duration: 52min
  • BraveCompanions 06 Ch3

    Duration: 44min
  • BraveCompanions 07 Part2Ch4

    Duration: 46min
  • BraveCompanions 08 Ch5

    Duration: 51min
  • BraveCompanions 09 Part3Ch6

    Duration: 51min
  • BraveCompanions 10 Ch7

    Duration: 40min
  • BraveCompanions 11 Ch8

    Duration: 20min
  • BraveCompanions 12 Ch9

    Duration: 27min
  • BraveCompanions 13 Part4Ch10

    Duration: 23min
  • BraveCompanions 14 Ch11

    Duration: 01h04min
  • BraveCompanions 15 Ch12

    Duration: 26min
  • BraveCompanions 16 Ch13

    Duration: 51min
  • BraveCompanions 17 Part5Ch14

    Duration: 44min
  • BraveCompanions 18 Ch15

    Duration: 28min
  • BraveCompanions 19 Ch16

    Duration: 14min
  • BraveCompanions 20 Ch17

    Duration: 20min
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