Sunday, August 17, 2014

Here Is Where by Andrew Carroll

Here Is Where shares the adventures of Andrew Carroll journey in search of America's sometimes forgotten history. The idea for this book came after he saw the location where Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert, was saved by the brother of Lincoln's assassin, Edwin Booth. Carroll began to wonder what other little known historical facts and places he could come across --- places where extraordinary events happened or people who impacted many lived.  In this book you will find, Here is where...

 ...America’s deadliest maritime disaster took place, a calamity worse than the fate of the Titanic!

...a virtually unknown American scientist saved millions of lives.

...modern anesthesia was first used

...a 14 year old got the idea for the creation of television.

...a black woman refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white passenger (and it is not who you are thinking).

As a lover of both history and trivia, I had no doubt I would enjoy this book. I was aware of some of the stories Carroll shared, but many were new to me. I admit I did not share his fascination with some of the stories he chose for the book, but the majority were very interesting and kept me wanting to read more. His style of storytelling kept my interest and he has an amusing way of presenting some of his encounters along the way. These are stories that need to be remembered. 

 FTC Disclaimer: "I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review."

 Andrew Carroll is the executive director of the American Poetry & Literacy Project, a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that promotes literacy and encourages a greater public awareness of poetry. The author of several books, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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