Booknotes Stories From American History Leading Historians On The Events That Shaped Our Country

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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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User Review  - brian_irons - LibraryThing

Though I didn't agree with all the essays in this book especially the one regarding President Lincoln Freeing the slaves so that they would all go back home to Africa. This is historically inaccurate ... Read full review

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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 more than six hundred books that Booknotes has featured. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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