Author/historian David McCullough shares a few thoughts on the subject of how little Americans know about history in this 60 Minutes interview from the other day, going so far as to say that, as a group, the younger generation of Americans is “historically illiterate”.

With all the other distractions of the early-21st century, it’s not hard to understand how an appreciation for history has been made even more difficult than it would otherwise be.

I’ve only recently become interested in Revolutionary War history and can highly recommend McCullough’s John Adams and 1776. His latest work The Greater Journey – Americans in Paris looks pretty interesting as well.