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"Sprightly and entertaining …Robert Rosen has captured the flavor and flair of Charleston as few writers have been able to do."--The Post & Courier

About the Author

Robert N. Rosen, a third-generation Charlestonian, practices law on historic Meeting Street. Author of Confederate Charleston: A History of the City and the People during the Civil War, he holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570031975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570031977
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. McKee on August 18, 2009
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I visited Charleston a few weeks ago for probably the fifth or sixth time. It has become a favorate vacation spot for my family. While there I took a walking tour with a local historian and at the conclusion of the tour I asked for recommendations on books to read that covered Charleston history. He recommended two books. "Read "A Short History of Charleston" first as that is a good solid overview of the history of Charleston. When your done start reading "Charleston! Charleston!: The History of a Southern City" by Walter Fraser." he said. "Charleston! Charleston! is very detailed and you will lose your way without having an idea where everything fits. A Short History will give you a good solid foundation from which to tackle "Charleston! Charleston!" Well I took his advice and have just finished A Short History.

I have just started "Charleston! Charleston!" so I can't yet comment on how the books differ but "A Short History of Charleston" was a perfect vacation read. It was very readable with just the right amount of detail to keep the story moving along. I will appreciate my visits to Charleston that much more now that I have a better idea as to how the city started and grew into what it is now as opposed to knowing a few stories here and there from different time periods.

If you are planning on vacationing in Charleston, do your self a favor and read this book before you go as it will give you a much greater apprecaition for the wonderful city that awaits you. If you have already vacationed there then you will want to go back and rediscover elements of the city that you may have overlooked before. I know that is how I feel and I already want to book my next trip.
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I've just returned from a short visit to Charleston and Rosen's "Short History to Charleston" was a perfect comrade in preparation for the tour. His book is a fun and quick read full of all the sort of information one needs to delect in Charleston's fascinating history. Not only does it give a rather complete, albeit brief, historical account of Charleston's dramatic evolution from beginning to near present day, but every page provides descriptions of remarkable individuals or events which enhance and delight the reader's experience of Charleston's history all of which are most often embellished with remarkable illustrations. I highly recommend this book.
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We were, there in this wonderful, historic southern gem on vacation. In a wonderful, large, bookstore, we inquired, what book if you want to learn more about the history. This is it, the local experts said.
It is, well written from the beginnings of Charles Town up to Hurrican Hugo, the prose is lively and attention keeping.
Especially to be enjoyed is the side-bar entries of primarily people and architecture which add much to the verbal discussion going on the page.
To go further in study, the author provides this wisdom: "there appear to me to be more bad books written about Charleston than just about any subject I know." So he lists those he knows are worthy and recommended on each time period. Helpful!
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This book is a must for anyone coming to Charleston for the first time. It is also a must for residents who want to "brush up" on their town history. This book should be followed by walks down the streets, through the alleys and along the Battery at dusk. You will probably want to move here.
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A great history of Charleston. We drove from Atlanta to Charleston and I read the book out loud to my husband as we went. Full of interesting and titillating gossip and history. One of the eye opening tidbits is that most of the white landowners could not grow a crop of anything until the slaves showed them how to grow and harvest rice and rice is what made them rich. You should read this before your next trip to better understand the history of this beautiful city.
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I've just returned from a short visit to Charleston and Rosen's "Short History to Charleston" was a perfect comrade in preparation for the tour. His book is a fun and quick read full of all the sort of information one needs to delect in Charleston's fascinating history. Not only does it give a rather complete, albeit brief, historical account of Charleston's dramatic evolution from beginning to near present day, but every page provides descriptions of remarkable individuals or events which enhance and delight the reader's experience of Charleston's history all of which are most often embellished with remarkable illustrations. I highly recommend this book.
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This book was suggested by several of the docents on various tours (city walks, plantations and Fort Sumter) I took on a recent trip to Charleston. I skimmed it before going and then read certain chapters more carefully after visiting. The chapters on the Civil War were particularly engrossing.
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This book is a great reference for Charleston history, though does read like a history textbook. It is a bit detailed for a reader with a casual interest in the city, but if you are looking for a complete history then this book is for you!
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