McCullough’s new book on pioneers’ history draws criticism

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — David McCullough’s new book is facing criticism for its depiction of white settlement and Native Americans in the late 18th century. Critics, including some reviewers and historians, say “The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West” romanticizes white expansion and downplays the atrocities and pain inflicted on Native Americans.

Brett Chapman, an attorney and descendant of White Eagle, a Ponca chief, condemned the book as relying on old stereotypes about American Indians.

Simon & Schuster spokeswoman Julia Prosser said both the publisher and McCullough were declining comment.

A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, McCullough is known for biographies of Presidents Harry Truman and John Adams, among other works.

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