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'The Pioneers' Dives Deep Into Lives Of Northwest Territory Settlers

Like David McCullough's other books, this one succeeds because of the author's strength as a storyteller; it reads like a novel and is packed with information drawn from painstaking research.
The Pioneers, by David McCullough Source: Simon & Schuster

David McCullough is best known to most readers for his popular biographies of some of the most prominent names in American history — Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John Adams and the Wright Brothers have all been subjects of his meticulously researched volumes.

Occasionally, though, he delves into the lives of historically significant people whose names likely aren't familiar to most Americans. That's the case with his latest book, , which tells the

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