Great quote: "Historic sites aren't just clustered in Beacon Hill, Greenwich Village, Hyde Park, Fisherman's Wharf, and other big-city neighborhoods. They are everywhere." (Page 9)
Book summary: Andrew Carroll researches forgotten historical sites of interest.
My thoughts: It has been said that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Sobering words, especially considering Andrew Carroll's newest book, Here is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History.
Carroll's book focuses exclusively on the past that has been forgotten, but still vitally important as part of the kaleidoscope that makes up American culture. In his book, Carroll researches and then visits numerous sites across America. Carroll's intent is to tell the forgotten stories, but more importantly to give a shout-out to past Americans that contributed mighty to the shaping of America.
In my opinion, Carroll led the book off with the best forgotten story of them all. Apparently around 1863/1864, the son of Abraham Lincoln was saved by the brother of John Wilkes Booth! And all of this happened BEFORE Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth! Isn't that fascinating? The story of one man saving another man's life is inteereesting enough, but to have it be relatives of two key players in American history BEFORE the pivotal event happened. It's an incredible story.
Here is Where is filled with stories such as the Lincoln/Booth story. Chapter after chapter retells portions of American history that might be forgotten but still amazingly interesting. Intrigue...flu epidemics...the invention of penicillin...saving the Redwood trees and racism...
Carroll's book is part history text and part travel narrative. The book follows Carroll's adventures as he treks from one historical place to another. At times the narrative becomes a bit rambling, but overall this book has a really important premise. Those who are even remotely interested in American history will enjoy Here is Where. Fair warning: after reading it, you will find yourself sharing stories with your friends and family.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
- Pages: 499
- Year originally published: 2014
- Author: Learn more about Andrew Carroll.
- Purchase on Amazon: Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History by Andrew Carroll