Booknotes: Stories from American History

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Brian Lamb
PublicAffairs, 2001 - History - 540 pages
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American history is replete with great and dramatic events, and in recent years a generation of great writers have brought these events to life. They have shared these stories with the viewers of the groundbreaking C-SPAN program, 'Booknotes', and here the best have been collected for readers to savor. Renowned writers and historians examine more than eighty unforgettable moments in American history, moments both celebrated and uncelebrated, from the Boston Tea Party to the Watergate break-in, from slavery to affirmative action, from Gettysburg to Iwo Jima. Included are Annette Gordon-Reed on the different ages' reactions to the Jefferson-Hemings controversy, James M. McPherson on the rush to enlist to fight in the Civil War, Witold Rybczynski on the building of Central Park, Gina Kolata on the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918, Nicholas Lemann on the 'great migration' of Southern blacks to Northern cities, Tom Brokaw on the World War II generation, Norman Podhoretz on the rise of neoconservatism, Leonard Garment on Watergate, Richard Holbrooke on the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords, and much more. For Booknotes's famously devoted fans-and for anyone interested in American history-this is a wonderfully engaging compendium of information, opinion, and fascinating new perspectives.
  

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Review: Booknotes: Stories from American History

User Review  - David Kline - Goodreads

Enjoyable book for history buffs. Lots of "snippets" from contemporary authors. Read full review

Review: Booknotes: Stories from American History

User Review  - Tim Patrick - Goodreads

This book of about 80 C-SPAN interviews covers a wide range of historical American topics, from the Boston Tea Party up through 9/11. Because they are edited versions of television interviews, the ... Read full review

Contents

Alfred F Young on a Shoemaker and the Boston Tea Party
3
Pauline Mater on Declaring Independence
9
Robert Scigliano on The Federalist Papers 22
22
Annette GordonReed on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Flemings
28
Bernard A Weisberger on the Contested Election of 1800
36
Michael H Cottman on the Slave Ship Henrietta Marie
46
Joyce Appleby on the First Generation of Americans
53
Andrew Burstein on Celebrating Fifty Years of Independence
60
Norman on the Nurses Captured on Bataan
251
Amity Shlaes on the Creation of the Withholding Tax
259
Tom Brokaw on the World War II Generation
269
Sally Bedell Smith David Brinkley Peter Jennings
280
Early Cold
287
Jean Edward Smith on Lucius D Clay and Postwar Berlin
300
Arthur Herman on the Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy
313
Norman Podhoretz on the New York Intelligentsia
321

Mansfield on Tocquevilles Democracy in America
66
Stephen B Oates on the Buildup to the Civil War
73
James M McPherson on Volunteer Soldiers
80
Drew Gilpin Faust on Women of the Slaveholcling South
86
Joseph E Stevens on the Events of 1863
93
Simpson on Ulysses S Grants Military Career
104
Wilson Allen C Guelzo Lerone Bennett Jr
111
H W Crocker III Tom Wheeler and the Leadership
118
William J Cooper Jr on Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy
125
Rebuilding America and the Gilded
131
David Haward Bain on the First Transcontinental Railroad
139
H Paul Jeffers on Grover Clevelands Political Career
146
Ben Procter on William Randolph Hearst and the Rise of j
157
Jean Strouse on J P Morgan National Banker
164
Progressive Era and Reaction
173
Dorothy Herrmann on the Celebrity of Helen Keller
179
Gina Kolata on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
185
Edward J Larson on the Scopes Monkey Trial
197
Robert A Slayton on Al Smith and the 1928 Election
206
Larry Tye on Edward L Bernays and the Birth
212
A Scott Berg on Charles Lindberghs Reluctant Public Life
219
Peter Collier on the Roosevelt Dynasty
227
Kennedy on the Great Depression and World War II
237
Allen Weinstein on the Early Days of Soviet Espionage
245
Social Transformation
327
Robert Dallek on Lyndon Johnson and the I960 Election
334
Donald Kagan on the Cuban Missile Crisis
344
Diane McWhorteron the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing
353
Arlen Specter on the Warren Commission
363
Anthony Lewis on New York Times Co v Sullivan
375
Jon Margolis on Stories from 1964
382
Leonard Garment on Getting to Know Richard M Nixon
393
Elizabeth Taylor on Richard J Daley and Chicagos
404
Peter R Kann and Frances FitzGerald on Reporting from
410
Rochester on American POWs in Vietnam
417
The Culture Wars
425
Kiron K Skinner on the Forgotten Radio Scripts
439
Shelby Steele Cornel West Thomas Sowell
451
Don Oberdorfer on the ReaganGorbachev Summits
459
Marlin Fitzwater on Reagan Bush and the Press
466
Bob Woodward on Planning the Persian Gulf War
473
Richard E Cohen on Dan Rostenkowskis Fall from Power
483
Tim Russert on a HalfCentury of Meet the Press
489
Bonnie Angelo on Modern Presidents Mothers
495
Appendix
499
Complete List of CSPAN Booknotes 19892001
509
Index
525
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About the author (2001)

Brian Lamb, the founding CEO of C-SPAN, has been the host of "Booknotes" since its inception in 1989. He has read each of the 765 books that "Booknotes" has featured. Lamb lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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