This book is an appropriate choice for my pick of the decade as it has been a favorite of mine for much longer than that. It's a wonderful collection of essays about historical figures, some famous and some not, related in McCullough's well loved style, which is to say informative without being preachy. Not as daunting in size as some of his other works, this gem of a book does not need to be read in any particular order but can be, to borrow a word from the title, a dependable reading companion for any reader at any time.
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 1992