The Greater Journey
Americans in Paris
Simon & Schuster: 560 pp., $37.50
For more than 40 years, David McCullough has brought the past to life in books distinguished by vigorous storytelling and vivid characterizations. He garnered praise for his dramatic accounts of epic engineering achievements in such early titles as "The Great Bridge" (the Brooklyn Bridge) and "The Path Between the Seas" (the Panama Canal). Subsequent works showcased McCullough's gift for full-scale biography, most notably in the Pulitzer Prize winners "Truman" and "John Adams," appreciative portraits of under-appreciated U.S....