On C-SPAN's Booknotes, host Brian Lamb conducts in-depth, thoughtful (and sometimes plodding) author interviews. Transcripts of David McCullough, David Brooks, even David Crosby are free on the show's Web site, but polished essays based on the "excerpted and edited" interviews are gathered into a companion series, of which Booknotes: Stories from American History is the third installment. Divided into sections from "Revolution and Founding 1776-1815" to "The Culture Wars 1975-2000," the volume features Ben Bradlee on JFK and the Pentagon Papers, Gina Kolata on the 1918 flu pandemic and Witold Rybczynski on the making of Central Park.
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Adult/High School-This book covers different facets of U.S. history from the Boston Tea Party to Dan Rostenkowski's fall from power, with the greatest emphasis on 20th-century events. Historians and participants discuss the most important aspects and the telling details of the events that they have analyzed. Based on the interviews on the C-SPAN program Booknotes, these essays are not the scholarly pieces that make history seem dry and dusty. (Students will find no footnotes here.) Andrew Young describes Martin Luther King, Jr.'s decision to go to jail in Birmingham, AL, in support of the people who were already imprisoned because "there was nothing else to do." Jack Rakove describes the Virginia Plan that was used as the basis for the Constitution as something the Virginians and Pennsylvanians cooked up while they were "sitting around Philadelphia waiting for the other delegations to appear." Each entry is no more than 8 to 10 pages in length. The colorful details will make these events, both great and small, come to life for today's readers.
Jane S. Drabkin, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA
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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