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Eyewitness to America Hardcover – 1997


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Colbert, David (edited by)., Pantheon Books, nd (1 (1997)
  • ASIN: B000XGIANA
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graceann Macleod on 11 Aug 2008
Format: Hardcover
What I loved about this particular book is that there isn't a historian in sight - nobody is writing it from the subjective slant of 50 (or 500) years' time - the accounts presented are from the diaries, letters and articles written by the people who actually took part in the events - a person on Columbus' crew, John Adams, the seconds at the Burr/Hamilton duel, etc. Spanning the time from Columbus through Bill Gates and email, this is a sprawling volume, split into short essays that are easy to read and not overwhelming on the eye. What it does best is interest you in a story so that you want to investigate further by reading book-length discussions. Of particular interest were the two wildly diverging viewpoints on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and how not all who heard it were enthralled at the time. Very clever use of the form.
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By A Customer on 7 July 1998
Format: Paperback
I had the unique opportunity to meet Mr. Colbert while working at a TV show. Much like himself, the book is incredibly insiteful into many of the events that shaped this great land. As a New Yorker, I especially enjoyed the description of a late 19th century deli, you could taste the Corned beef!!! When you finish this book you will see a view of American history that the text books you used in school never tried to show. Only Mr. Colbert brings together the first-hand accounts of the Challenger disaster and Curt Flood's personal battles as well as the thoughts of a witness to President Lincoln slipping away after the shooting in Fords theater. I highly recomend this book to all Americans and I (like Charles Kuralt) have kept it and referenced it in many an undertaking. Keep up the good work David, and I made sure that the cameras were kind to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 1999
Format: Paperback
In addition to being a great collection of primary sources, this book is also incredibly entertaining. Only read this book if you want full absorption. The book would be better if the passages were longer, though!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Get your history first-hand. A terrific book. 10 April 2003
By Kersi Von Zerububbel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Reading this book was a treat. Reading first-hand accounts of incidents will give you a picture of how things really were. Notice the chapter on "A Mob Confronts A Stamp Collector". This made me feel like I was seeing exactly what happened. The book can be read from any chapter all of which are independent of one another. One caveat. Make sure you have a weekend to spare because once you get into the text it's goodbye everything else. Excellent history.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Eyewitness Gets Good and Keeps on Going! 7 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had the unique opportunity to meet Mr. Colbert while working at a TV show. Much like himself, the book is incredibly insiteful into many of the events that shaped this great land. As a New Yorker, I especially enjoyed the description of a late 19th century deli, you could taste the Corned beef!!! When you finish this book you will see a view of American history that the text books you used in school never tried to show. Only Mr. Colbert brings together the first-hand accounts of the Challenger disaster and Curt Flood's personal battles as well as the thoughts of a witness to President Lincoln slipping away after the shooting in Fords theater. I highly recomend this book to all Americans and I (like Charles Kuralt) have kept it and referenced it in many an undertaking. Keep up the good work David, and I made sure that the cameras were kind to you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Eyewitness is a rich, vivid slideshow of Amer. history 20 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's not often that a history book can genuinely
draw its readers into the critical moment.
"Eyewitness to America" masterfully achieves this
formidable task by presenting memorable first
person accounts of events as they were occuring.
This vivid selection of chronicles successfully
relates the perspective, immediacy and even
passion which is inherent in every moment worth
remembering but which is so often lacking in many
history books. The accounts of minor historical
events are as interesting and surprising as those
for major events, which is most likely the result
of thoughtful editing by David Colbert. This
book is like a great slideshow of the last
500 years where no frame is redundant, boring or
blurred. Whether your interest is casual,
burning or somewhere in between, you will find
this collection to be extremely worthwhile and
enjoyable reading. "Eyewitness to America"
should be a valued addition to any bookshelf.
It is on mine.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
History from an eye-witness perspective 7 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had the unique opportunity to meet Mr. Colbert while working at a TV show. Much like himself, the book is incredibly insiteful into many of the events that shaped this great land. As a New Yorker, I especially enjoyed the description of a late 19th century deli, you could taste the Corned beef!!! When you finish this book you will see a view of American history that the text books you used in school never tried to show. Only Mr. Colbert brings together the first-hand accounts of the Challenger disaster and Curt Flood's personal battles as well as the thoughts of a witness to President Lincoln slipping away after the shooting in Fords theater. I highly recomend this book to all Americans and I (like Charles Kuralt) have kept it and referenced it in many an undertaking. Keep up the good work David, and I made sure that the cameras were kind to you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kuralt says best Americana collection on his shelf. Me too. 16 Mar 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This one just arrived at my bookstore and I marched out with it and started reading. It's a needed renewal in your faith in reporting and gives a unique picture of America, from Columbus to today. I started sampling pieces and two hours later was still reading. The scope of material, the writing, and the image of the country that emerges from some fabulous writers makes it one of the best books I ever bought. I'm giving copies to my grandkids! Saw it listed on Amazon and asked to be told when it comes in. Still want to know when you have it so I can buy from you. But in the meantime, my local shop had it, and I couldn't wait. Haven't felt that way about a book in years
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