Author, historian, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, David McCullough is also very much a shedworker (although he calls his Pittsburgh shedlike atmosphere a 'writing studio' or 'the bookshop' rather than a shed). Inside, the unfinished walls are lined with around 1,000 books, mainly about John Adams about whom McCullough wrote a hugely successful biography. "I put it out here," he says, "so the kids didn't have to worry about making too much noise while I was writing."
“Nothing good was ever written in a large room,” David McCullough says, and so his own office has been reduced to a windowed shed in the backyard of his Martha’s Vineyard home. Known as “the bookshop,” the shed does not have a telephone or running water. Its primary contents are a Royal typewriter, a green banker’s lamp, and a desk, which McCullough keeps control over by “flushing out” the loose papers after each chapter is finished. The view from inside the bookshop is of a sagging barn surrounded by pasture. To keep from being startled, McCullough asks his family members to whistle as they approach the shed where he is writing