I Wish I'd Been There

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 4, 2007 - History - 352 pages
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I Wish I’d Been There brings together twenty of our most distinguished historians’ responses to the question “What scene or incident in American history would you most liked to have witnessed—and why?” The answers illuminate crucial moments in our past and give readers a front-row seat at some of American history’s most dramatic events.The Salem witch trials, the raid on Harper’s Ferry, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the voting rights march on Selma, the beginnings of the Vietnam War—all of these and more are vividly recreated here by a stellar list of contributors, including Mary Beth Norton, Joseph Ellis, Carol Berkin, Geoffrey Ward, Robert Dallek, Jay Winik, Robert Cowley, Carolyn Gilman, and William Leuchtenburg, among other luminaries of the profession. With imagination, insight, and vivid detail, I Wish I’d Been There is an engaging tour through key events in American history.


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I wish I'd been there: twenty historians bring to life dramatic events that changed America

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Editor Hollinshead (former publisher,MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History ) asked 20 accomplished historians (including two historical novelists) each to write an essay about the one ... Read full review

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Alexander McGillivr 1y
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Captain Meriwether Lewis in Shoshone dress
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The deathbed of President Lincoln
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President WIISOFI asking Congress to declare war on Germany
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American soldiers celebrating the end ofXorld Var I
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Roosevelt
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President john P Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F Kennedy
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President Lyndon B johnson and Governor George Wallace
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Byron Hollinshead is president of American Historical Publications, a producer of books in history for adults and for children. Previously, he was president of American Heritage Publishing Company and Oxford University Press, Inc. He was publisher of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and Time Machine: American History for Kids. He is a former president of National History Day and, currently, vice-chair of The National Council for History Education. Hollinshead has been a consultant to several PBS documentaries in history including, most recently, Freedom: A History of US, a sixteen part series from Kunhardt Productions. As an editor and publisher, Mr. Hollinshead has worked with many of the authors in this anthology on their previous books and articles.


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