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Paul Harvey's the Rest of the Story Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1984
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Unless Paul Harvey Jr. gets his hands on it.
Paul Harvey Jr, who writes the short vignettes for his father's radio show "The Rest of the Story," has a gift for uncovering forgotten facts. Did you know there was another Three Stooges? Did you know Jack Benny was invited to join the Marx Brothers? Did you know one of our Founding Fathers kept his wife chained in the basement because of persistent congenital madness? I hadn't known that.
This book is an incomplete collection of Harvey's vignettes for his father's show. Some are published under the name "Paul Aurendt," and if you can find them, jump on them with both feet. However, this book provides a good primer for the forgotten corners of history, and also allows you to own copies of the vignettes Harvey has made famous over the last 25 years. One can only hope that Harvey's example will inspire more historians to investigate the forgotten corners of history and find what's been otherwise forgotten. I'd buy more of these books if more of them were available.
Now that being said, I read this work when it was first published and as I was sifting through a large consignment of used books I had just purchased, I ran across it again, Now if it comes to cataloging books, or setting down, taking a "break" and reading a book...well there is really no contest.
I love these little vignettes, little glimpses in to little known of forgotten history. This is some interesting and delightful information and it is presented in an absolutely delightful way. If you are a trivia freak, then this work will be right down your ally.
Each story is simply presented and quite easy to read. Most ten year olds can read and enjoy them just as much as the adult reader. As a matter of fact, due to the unique way each little snippet is presented, this work is ideal to foster a curiosity and love for history in the younger child. Each paragraph, each tale is like a little mystery and unless the reader has the curiosity of a hickory stump, they are bound to want to learn more about the subject.
This is one little volume I do not plan to resell...I will horde it away and keep it myself. It is ideal to have handy, pick up, and enjoy five minutes of very informative and entertaining reading.
His is a perspective which simultaneously realizes the innocence and the experience of the human character. A snapshot of both our potential and our pain. And it is this acceptanece, a simplistic understanding, that allows the essence of the situation to remain with the reader. Thus, initially, the reader must be trusted by the author to be capable of that understanding.
This is Harvey's talent: to assume and place before an audience not only the humanity of his subject, but also of themselves.