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This book is a gem It is a window into American history in a format that typically is not found elsewhere The chapters are in chronological order so that even though each is from a different author and addresses a different topic, there is a nice progression as the book moves along The chapter from pages 93 96 by Joseph E Stevens is the best and clearest explanation of the American Civil War I ve come across As Stevens states As we look back at history, we feel that whatever happened wa This book is a gem It is a window into American history in a format that typically is not found elsewhere The chapters are in chronological order so that even though each is from a different author and addresses a different topic, there is a nice progression as the book moves along The chapter from pages 93 96 by Joseph E Stevens is the best and clearest explanation of the American Civil War I ve come across As Stevens states As we look back at history, we feel that whatever happened was inevitable, and that s not true The Confederacy could have won And if it had won, we would be living in a very different country That s really one of the amazing things about 1863 and what make it such an important year Another fascinating topic is Women of the Slaveholding South by Drew Gilpin Faust pp 86 92 I ve now added her book Mothers of Invention Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War to read next.Brian Lamb of C SPAN is a terrific interviewer and has done an equally great job putting this book together I m a history buff, and I loved this book It gives lesser known perspectives into significant historical events The only thing I didn t like was that each excerpt ended way too soon and just whetted my appetite forinformation. Unsure if you want to delve into a 450 page book about some aspect of American history These vignettes from Brian Lamb with several dozen authors is terrific and will turn you onto some outstanding reads Many of these writers are big time historians who are pretty casual and tell great yarns This is really good material, and it s not just the obvious stuff.Donald Kagan on the Cuban Missile Crisis and Jack Rakove on Creating the Constitution, Pauline Maeir on Declaring Independence, David Kenn Unsure if you want to delve into a 450 page book about some aspect of American history These vignettes from Brian Lamb with several dozen authors is terrific and will turn you onto some outstanding reads Many of these writers are big time historians who are pretty casual and tell great yarns This is really good material, and it s not just the obvious stuff.Donald Kagan on the Cuban Missile Crisis and Jack Rakove on Creating the Constitution, Pauline Maeir on Declaring Independence, David Kennedy on FDR And where else can you get 5 8 pages on the Scopes Trial, Jefferson Davis, the nurses captured at Bataan, Robert Frost at the JFK Inauguration, and five dozen This collection 3rd in the series of Booknotes titles of seventy eight interviews from the founding C Span CEO and author provides chapter summaries of seminal events in American history Contemporary writers and historians focus on a moment or event s in history that influenced and shaped our country Visit the Booknotes website lj This collection 3rd in the series of Booknotes titles of seventy eight interviews from the founding C Span CEO and author provides chapter summaries of seminal events in American history Contemporary writers and historians focus on a moment or event s in history that influenced and shaped our country Visit the Booknotes website lj This is an excellent book There are about eighty American History topics covered The selection of topics is very wide and all interesting pieces of how this country got to this place The book is a collection of paraphrased interviews of authors You get a good thumb nail view of all of the books There is a wealth of information, macro and micro, on all of the topics It was fun, interesting and long Because it is history it is not dated but it does not cover recent events after late 2001. As with any work that consists of an anthology, this is going to be somewhat subjective to my tastes, and how useful I found all of these stories overall Often, it is difficult to try and rate each work individually I know, I tried with this book and often one has to ask the question Is this book as good as the sum of it s parts I have to say yeswith a caveat As can be said of any anthology, there are some good notes here, and some mediocre ones Each author attempts to sell you on the As with any work that consists of an anthology, this is going to be somewhat subjective to my tastes, and how useful I found all of these stories overall Often, it is difficult to try and rate each work individually I know, I tried with this book and often one has to ask the question Is this book as good as the sum of it s parts I have to say yeswith a caveat As can be said of any anthology, there are some good notes here, and some mediocre ones Each author attempts to sell you on the book that they have just published, and that you should read it The authors range from those that I vaguely know of, to those that have clearly not withstood the test of time, and now have been forgotten by the general public Some of the topics are highly interesting, with ideas and works on everything from former slave ships, to the work of a president while he was in office I think that this book got off to a rough start for me with the colonial era, since I simply knew much of the information already, and or the works simply weren t written that well to make me want to read the author s text Others were quite interesting, and a concise version of what the person wrote about made me want to find their book and read.But now to the caveat There is simply no getting around the fact that this book is oldalmost 20 years old, in fact I would not bring this up, except for the fact that technology has passed the need for a book like this Today, Booknotes has been off the air for over a decade, and many of the full interviews, running from 1989 to 2004, over an hour each, are available to stream online for free, or purchase on DVD if you really feel the need to do so With that said, is there really a need to buy this book If you want acondensed version of the interview, perhaps, but who is to say that these are really the best stories, and that you won t miss something by not looking at their website with over 800 interviews Also, I must confess that I am the kind of person that likes to multi task, or at times, simply not read a book, and these interviews arepreferable to listen to as I use the internet or do other menial tasks, which, if you are anyone like me, is something to consider In the end, I would give this book a three out of five If you find this at a used bookstore, perhaps you should pick this up, but I would suggest visiting their website first, if you plan on reading this book at all You will get farinformation there Really enjoyed the historical essays here, from Ambrose claiming that D Day was the pivot of the 20th century fail and it is either the Germans or the Russians , of McNamara claiming that Rusk believed until the end that we should have been in Vietnam, or quoting T.S Eliot We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time Excellent book I highly recommend it New information was learned in each and every section (Read Epub) ß Booknotes: Stories from American History ⛏ American history is shaped by great and small events, and in recent years a generation of writers has brought these events to life They have shared these stories with the viewers of the long running C SPAN author interview program Booknotes, and here some of the best have been collected for readers to savor In this volume, than eighty contemporary writers and historians examine seminal moments from American history, celebrated and uncelebrated alike Booknotes offers readers conversational essays edited from the interview show, providing an enticing selection of author subject pairings For anyone interested in America s rich history and especially the devoted fans of C SPAN s Booknotes this is an engaging compendium of information, opinions, and new perspectives Have had this book sitting around for many years I think it was actually better to read now, rather than when it first came out as it was very interesting to see how much has changed in 20 years The book describes the writing process of around 100 non fiction writers So many were struggling at the time with converting from pen and paper or typewriter to computer Also going back to think about how deliberate thoughtful a process writing used to be, and how now any hack can throw up an article Have had this book sitting around for many years I think it was actually better to read now, rather than when it first came out as it was very interesting to see how much has changed in 20 years The book describes the writing process of around 100 non fiction writers So many were struggling at the time with converting from pen and paper or typewriter to computer Also going back to think about how deliberate thoughtful a process writing used to be, and how now any hack can throw up an article on the internet they took 5 minutes to write