To some book lovers it's David McCullough!
McCullough has published several tomes that are collectively a narrative of America. An insightful storyteller, he has tackled the monumental: whether the building of the Brooklyn Bridge or the complex life of man like Harry Truman. His books, John Adams and 1776, are the basis of the truly awesome 7 hour drama now running on HBO. I was blown away by the first 2 (of the 7) episodes I saw on Sunday. His publisher of 40 years, Simon and Schuster, ran a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday congratulating McCullough for his achievements, which include winning the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. They, too, called him a national treasure. As someone who has read his books, as well as been lucky to have met him and hear him speak, I would have to agree!