A newly published book of speeches by David McCullough, one of America’s most distinguished historians, includes his Commencement address to Boston College’s Class of 2008. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For (Simon & Schuster, 2017) is a collection of talks given during the past 25 years by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Presidential Medal of Honor recipient, author of books such as Truman, 1776, John Adams, and The Wright Brothers. According to the publisher, The American Spirit “reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe.” McCullough’s speech at BC, titled “The Love of Learning,” included his memorable line “Read, read, read! Read the classics of American literature that you’ve never opened. Read your country’s history. How can we profess to love our country and take no interest in its history?” More from BC News.