The Accidental Historian: Tales of Trash and Treasure

The Accidental Historian: Tales of Trash and Treasure

by Monte Akers
     
 

From Custer’s Last Stand to the shooting of Bonnie and Clyde, The Accidental Historian chronicles one man’s fascination with the past and the different ways he has immersed himself in American history over fifty years. Akers explores incidents, little-known episodes, and fascinating sidelights from some of the most popular events of years gone by.

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From Custer’s Last Stand to the shooting of Bonnie and Clyde, The Accidental Historian chronicles one man’s fascination with the past and the different ways he has immersed himself in American history over fifty years. Akers explores incidents, little-known episodes, and fascinating sidelights from some of the most popular events of years gone by. Through artifact and antique collecting, writing, relic-hunting, visiting historic sites, and good old-fashioned primary source research, Akers has experienced and relived a great deal of the country’s historical panorama. He relates his observations with humor, scholarship, self-effacement, and zeal, enjoyably bridging the gap between academic and popular history. His anecdotes will entertain and edify anyone curious enough about America’s past to stop and read a historical marker.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
By trade a lawyer, Akers has spent a great deal of time during his lifetime pursuing the material and human elements that broadly make up what we call history. Over the years, Akers has participated in Civil War reenacting, acted on stage in historical vignettes, sought after and purchased historical artifacts, served as an extra in historical films, and generally sought out confirmation of the minutiae that make up human history. In The Accidental Historian Akers pieces together a series of essays each of which details some aspects of his lifelong connection with history. With a particular focus on the Civil War and the American West, Akers takes his readers on a circuitous but always interesting traipse through a variety of personal memories. For example, a chapter dealing with Akers' experiences during the filming of the television mini-series North and South leads to a fascinating tale dealing with a pair of gauntlets that may or may not have been found on the Custer Battlefield after that deadly fight. Throughout this anecdotal work Akers shows that beneath the surface of history lies the great unknown of what really happened. By taking readers into the backstories of history as they connect with the author's life, Akers allows readers to come away from his book with a very real sense that what is most interesting in historical research is the people who actually lived their lives in what we now see as "historical" times, and not the mythology that historical assumptions have created about them. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896727083
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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