Booknotes: Stories from American History

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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, more than eighty contemporary writers and historians examine seminal moments from American history, celebrated and uncelebrated alike.

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Overview

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, more 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.

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C-Span's Booknotes host Brian Lamb has compiled a varied of 80 essays about seminal moments in American history. The author-subject pairings are superb, giving the pieces a personal tone seldom encountered in historical writing. For instance, Witold Rybczynski writes about the building of Central Park; Tom Brokaw talks about the World War II generation; Gina Kolata presents the horrific 1918 flu pandemic; Stephen B. Oates discusses the gathering storm before the Civil War. Inviting, diverse, and informative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142002490
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 689,959
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Lamb, the founding CEO of C-SPAN, has been the host of Booknotes since its inception in 1989 and has read each of the more than six hundred books that the program has featured.

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Table of Contents

Booknotes Introduction

Revolution and Founding: 1776-1815
Alfred F. Young on a Shoemaker and the Boston Tea Party Pauline Maier on Declaring Independence Jack N. Rakove on Creating the Constitution Robert Scigliano on The Federalist Papers
Annette Gordon-Reed on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings Roger G. Kennedy on the American and French Revolutions Bernard A. Weisberger on the Contested Election of 1800
Arnold A. Rogow on the Hamiltion-Burr Duel Michael H. Cottman on the Slave Ship Henrietta Marie

The Young Nation: 1815-1850
Joyce Appleby on the First Generation of Americans Andrew Burstein on Celebrating Fifty Years of Independence Harvey C. Mansfield on Tocqueville's Democracy in America

Slavery and the Civil War: 1850-1865
Stephen B. Oates on the Buildup to the Civil War James M. McPherson on Volunteer Soldiers Drew Gilpin Faust On Women of the Slaveholding South Joseph E. Stevens on the Events of 1863
James M. Perry on Civil War Correspondents Brooks D. Simpson on Ulysses S. Grant's Military Career Douglas L. Wilson, Allen C. Guelzo, Lerone Bennett Jr,. and Differing Perspectives on Abraham Lincoln H. W. Crocker III, Tom Wheeler, and the Leadership of Robert E. Lee William J. Cooper Jr. on Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy

Rebuilding America and the Gilded Age: 1865-1901
Witold Rybczynski on Federick Law Olmsted and the Building of Central Park David Haward Bain on the First Transcontinental Railroad H. Paul Jeffers on Grover Cleveland's Political Career H. W. Brands on the Events of the 1980's Ben Procter on William Randolph Hearst and the Rise of Yellow Journalism Jean Strouse on J. P. Morgan, National Banker

Progressive Era and Reaction: 1901-1929
Linda O. McMurry on the Crusades of Ida B. Wells Dorothy Herrmann on the Celebrity of Helen Keller Gina Kolata on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic Emily Bernard on Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten Edward J. Larson on the Scopes "Monkey" Trail Robert A. Slayton on Al Smith and the 1928 Election Larry Tye on Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations A. Scott Berg on Charles Lindbergh's Reluctant Public Life Peter Collier on the Roosevelt Dynasty

Depression and War: 1929-1945
David M. Kennedy on the Great Depression and World War II Allen Weinstein on the Early Days of Soviet Espionage Elizabeth M. Norman on the Nurses Captured on Bataan Amity Shlaes on the Creation of the Withholding Tax James Bradley on Rising the Flag on Iwo Jima Tom Brokaw on the World War II Generation Nicholas Lemann on the Great Black Migration Sally Bedell Smith, David Brinkley, Peter Jennings, and Early Network News

Early Cold War: 1945-1957
David Fromkin on Five Men Who Shaped the Post-World War II World Christopher Matthews on the Unlikely Kennedy-Nixon Friendship Jean Edward Smith on Lucius D. Clay and Postwar Berlin Zachary Karabell on Truman Defeats Dewey Arthur Herman on the Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy Norman Podhoretz on the New York Intelligentsia

Social Transformation: 1957-1975
Roy Reed on Orval Faubus and the Desegregation of Central High School Robert Dallek on Lyndon Johnson and the 1960 Election Jay Parini on Robert Frost and the Kennedy Inauguration Donald Kagan on the Cuban Missile Crisis Andrew Young on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Diane McWhorter on the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing Ben Bradlee on the Kennedy Years Arlen Specter on the Warren Commission Jeff Shesol on the RFK-LBJ Feud Anthony Lewis On New York Times Co. v. Sullivan
Jon Margolis on Stories from 1964
Tinsley E. Yarbrough on John Marshall Harlan and the Warren Court Leonard Garment on Getting to Know Richard M. Nixon Charles V. Hamilton on the Life and Career of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Elizabeth Taylor on Richard J. Daley and Chicago's Political Machine Peter R. Kann and Francis FitzGerald on Reporting from Vietnam Stuart I. Rochester on American POWs in Vietnam

The Culture Wars: 1975-2002
Irving Kristol Nina J. Easton, and the Rise of the Neoconservatives Kiron K. Skinner on the Forgotten Radio Scripts of Ronald Reagan John A. Farrell on the Political Lore of Tip O'Neill Shelby Steele, Cornel West, Thomas Sowell, Randall Robinson: A Symposium on Race Don Oberdorfer on the Reagan-Gorbachev Summits Marlin Fitzwater on Reagan, Bush, and the Press Bob Woodward on Planning the Persian Gulf War John Podhoretz on the Last Days of the First Bush White House Richard E. Cohen on Dan Rostenkowski's Fall from Power Tim Russert on a Half-Century of Meet the Press
Bonnie Angelo on Modern Presidents' Mothers Jeff Greenfield, Ralph Nader on the 2000 Election Peter Bergen On September 11 and Osama bin Laden Bernard Lewis on September 11 and the Roots of Islamic Terrorism

Appendix Complete List of C-Span Booknotes (1989-2002)
Index

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