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Booknotes: Stories from American History Paperback – October 1, 2002
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Six books of collected interviews have been published by PublicAffairs based on the "Booknotes" and "Q and A" series, the latest being "Sundays at Eight." And in 2010, PublicAffairs published "The Supreme Court," a collection of interviews Brian and C-SPAN colleague Susan Swain did with all eleven current and former Supreme Court justices.
Brian's work with C-SPAN has been recognized with the Presidential Medal of Honor and the National Humanities Medal. In 2011, Purdue University, Brian's alma mater, announced the naming of the Brian Lamb School of Communication.
Brian is a longtime resident of Arlington, VA. When he's not devouring newspapers, websites, or nonfiction books, or eating Thai food at his favorite local restaurant, Brian is likely in hot pursuit of the latest country music release
Top Customer Reviews
The book is in overview exerpts of interviews of notable historians and other personalities who have written a book about a historical figure or event and was on the C-SPAN show "Booknotes" to talk about the book they have written. Such authors as James McPherson, the excellent Civil War Historian to NBC News Anchorman Tom Brokaw who talked about the World War II generation. The book starts with the American Revolution and ends with the year 2000. Each chapter is a brief overview of what the historians/authors on C-SPAN said during the show that they appeared and it is interesting and to the point.
The chapters are short 5 to 8 pages at the most, but they keep the reader's interest throughout. There is an introduction at the beginning of each chapter that tells the date that the historian/author appeared on Booknotes and what the name of the book was that they have written.
Each chapter is interesting and dare I say "fun" to read. From the founding of America, to the Civil War, to current day is fascinating reading. Such notable figures as U.S. Grant, J.P. Morgan, John F. Kennedy and so many others are discussed as well. From historical acts to controversy, this book has them all.Read more ›
"The census of 1800 reported 1.1 million people living in the United States -- more than twice the number in the colonies at the beginning of the American Revolution. There were four cities with a population greater than 10,000 -- Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. Half of the population was under sixteen years of age. On June 18, 2000, Joyce Appleby, a U.C.L.A. professor and author of Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans, published in 2000 by Belnap Press, appeared on Booknotes to tell us about this era and how this `first generation' helped shape the young nation.Read more ›
Brian Lamb, the host of the long running C-SPAN author interview program, Booknotes, has edited interviews with more than 80 historians, writers, journalists and politicians on the great and small events that have shaped American history. Lamb's original interview questions have been omitted, allowing the author to conversationally describe each event with the passion that is generated only a person who loves his or her work.
Among my favorite tales recounted is Robert Frost's reading of "The Gift Outright" at the Presidential Inauguration of John F. Kennedy as told by Jay Parini. President Kennedy, the Middlebury College professor tells us, initially resisted Stewart Udell's attempts to include 86 year old poet fearing he would steal the show. Events would prove him right.
Another favorite is James M. Perry, the long-time political reporter for The Wall Street Journal, discussing Civil War Correspondents. The demand for timely and accurate dispatches from the front lines transformed American Journalism and provided the antecedents for today's personality-driven electronic Journalism.
So if you are sorry you slept through American history class, or if you loved it as much as I did, here is a book for you - an engaging compendium that will provide hours of interesting readings.
This volume is divided into nine different time periods. Each one covers not just historic and political events, but also offers pieces on social events, biographic profiles and more. For example, in the chapter on the Gilded Age, you will find an essay on the building of Central Park, the first Transcontinental Railroad, the political career of Grover Cleveland, historian H. W. Brands on the events of the 1890's, a look at William Randolph Hearst and the rise of "yellow journalism" (so named for Hearst's introduction of one of the first colorized print cartoons, "The Yellow Kid"), and concludes with an essay on J.P. Morgan and the banking industry.
This is a wonderful addition to your library and critical for home-schoolers. The writing is superb and unbiased, allowing the reader to form their own conclusions to events of American History. This volume concludes with 23 pages of a complete list of C-SPAN Booknotes, where you are sure to find more to add to your reading list.
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Booknotes was always an interesting program. I confess that I only watched it occasionally. As a lover of American history, these short and higly readable summaries or commentaries... Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by uklover
Brian Lamb is the greatest interviewer of authors I have ever observed. He asks pointed, non-judgmental questions, allowing the author to answer without interruption. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by James W. Miller
I loved this book ! Brian Lamb, CEO of C-Span, provides readers with 7-8 page excerpts of interviews he conducted with 78 authors of books about American history and politics. Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by RNS
Lamb is just great at this kind of compilation. A great take-along or for kids who show an interest in American history.Published on January 3, 2007 by L. J. Gallagher