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“David Howard’s Lost Rights is an epic ride through American history, a colorful page-turner in which the hero is a 220-year-old piece of parchment coveted by an eccentric cast of fast-talking antiquarians and innocent patriots, nerdy record-keepers and special agents in a cinematic showdown. Howard goes deep, creating an astounding narrative weave that captures not just the strange journey of the Bill of Rights, but the modern-day country of hucksters and heroes it has wrought. A truly wonderful read!”
– Michael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert
"It would be difficult to find a more astonishing journey than the one David Howard traces in LOST RIGHTS. From a defeated and terrified Southern town at the end of the Civil War to a gleaming high rise in Philadelphia nearly 150 years later, Howard explains in riveting detail how one of our most treasured historical artifacts miraculously survived the avarice of men."
—Candice Millard, author of The River of Doubt
"In this tour de force of antiquarian sleuthing, David Howard gamely follows a circuitous trail through distant centuries and rarefied subcultures. LOST RIGHTS not only entertains and enlightens us; it challenges our rockbed assumptions about what we think we have, and what we think we know."
—Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers
"LOST RIGHTS has it all—a historic heist, hidden treasure, deception, skullduggery, lawyers, guns, money, cheap picture frames and one very valuable piece of parchment. David Howard’s true-life tale of an original Bill of Rights stolen, lost, found and scammed reads like a thriller set backstage at Antiques Roadshow."
—Bruce Barcott, author of The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw
"David Howard's LOST RIGHTS reveals—and untangles—a fascinating web of secrets and lies. At the story¹s heart lies nothing less than the best intentions and the worst impulses of all humanity. With his compelling narrative, larger-than-life characters, and sharp reporting, Howard lights the darkest corners of this twisted journey of one of America's most sacred relics."
—Susan Casey, author of The Devil's Teeth
“Here's a detective story of the ages, and for the ages. Dave Howard's investigation is almost as remarkable as the story it uncovers!”
—Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
prompt delivery. Interesting story that dragged in some places. The writer felt certain things were way more important than I did.Published 3 months ago by James R. Michels
the Book was received well within the time period. Item was as advertized and i enjoyed reading it very much.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
When it comes to American History, my name should be Paul Revere! This book did not disappoint! Fascinating! Recommend to all who love the study of American History!Published 24 months ago by Gwenevere
The introduction to this book was so captivating, so masterful, so story-like, it's hard to believe such a tale actually happened! Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by CC Thomas
Howard has done a commendable job researching and writing this complicated lost-and-found story about North Carolina's copy of the Bill of Rights. Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Anson Cassel Mills
This book recounts the history of N. Carolina's copy of the Bill of Rights and follows its path through time from the Civil War to present. Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Renee M. Groth
It is a first-rate tale of intrigue, greed, good intentions gone awry and, ultimately, good prevailing. Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Avid West Granby Reader
I gave this book to my parents and they tore through it and gave it back with orders to read it myself. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by shelley dougherty
I'm a fan of nonfiction, but this story sucked me in the way few nonfiction reads do, unfolding more like a good action movie. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by snowsurfer