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A Sense of History: The Best Writing from the Pages of American Heritage (1985)

by Byron Dobell (Introduction), American Heritage

Other authors: Louis Auchincloss (Contributor), Benjamin C. Bradlee (Contributor), Gerald Carson (Contributor), Bruce Catton (Contributor), Charles Cawthon (Contributor)50 more, Henry Steele Commager (Contributor), Malcolm Cowley (Contributor), Kenneth S. Davis (Contributor), Fred L. Engelman (Contributor), Paul Engle (Contributor), Thomas J. Fleming (Contributor), John Kenneth Galbraith (Contributor), Michael Gartner (Contributor), C. W. Gusewelle (Contributor), Emily Hahn (Contributor), Bray Hammond (Contributor), Walter Havighurst (Contributor), Robert L. Heilbroner (Contributor), Stephen Hess (Contributor), Edward Hoagland (Contributor), George Howe (Contributor), Oliver Jensen (Contributor), Walter Karp (Contributor), Joseph Kastner (Contributor), Alfred Kazin (Contributor), Larry L. King (Contributor), Frank Kintrea (Contributor), Spencer Klaw (Contributor), B. H. Liddell Hart (Contributor), Andy Logan (Contributor), John Lukacs (Contributor), William Manchester (Contributor), Daniel P. Mannix (Contributor), David McCullough (Contributor), Perry Miller (Contributor), Richard B. Morris (Contributor), Don Moser (Contributor), Allan Nevins (Contributor), Stephen B. Oates (Contributor), Richard Reinhardt (Contributor), Richard Rhodes (Contributor), Clinton Rossiter (Contributor), Hughes Rudd (Contributor), Francis Russell (Contributor), Robert Silverberg (Contributor), Gene Smith (Contributor), Richard F. Snow (Contributor), Marie St. John (Contributor), Wallace Stegner (Contributor), Janet Stevenson (Contributor), George R. Stewart (Contributor), Barbara W. Tuchman (Contributor), Dixon Wecter (Contributor), Bernard A. Weisberger (Contributor), Alexander Winston (Contributor)

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to Ed, A great and good influencer of the history of the 1980's and of the future as well. With Great Admiration , Steve Forbers 20 December, 1989
  efeulner | May 2, 2014 |
I enjoy reading old history - it's easier to peel back the layers of contemporary bias, since you often don't share it. There's the wide-eyed "Our Two Greatest Presidents," written in the 50s, and the slangy Operation- Petticoat- style "The Man Who Could Speak Japanese" from the 70s. The funniest piece is the one closest to us in timeline (The First Rough Draft of History, 1982) "Q: How about papers like the New York Post, the Mudoch type of journalism... A: ...I have confidence that that'll wash out. As I go back over the papers that have disappeared, it's hard to remember good newspapers going down. [p. 816-817]" or "Q: You've just had a son. Will there be newspapers around when he's ready to enter the real world? A: ...I think that newspapers may look different, but people will always want to read hard copy. You can't Xerox television, and you can't memorize what the radio or television announcer tells you, so people will always want to study the details and to read the ads... But if a person is looking for a 1972 blue Mustang with whitewalls, and if he can type that into his computer and come up with three such Mustangs for sale in the Washington area, that would scare me if I were running the classified ad department." [p. 825].

Funny premonitions of craig's list aside, there's some solid history here, and many different writing styles to accommodate many different subjects. It's popular history, so there's not much discussion of sources and no footnotes - just compelling stories about people and places. ( )
  bexaplex | Aug 26, 2009 |
The individual articles vary but most are well-written and some are
fascinating, notably the one on Harriet Beecher Stowe, a much more
individualistic character than I had realized before reading it. ( )
  antiquary | Aug 11, 2008 |
2211 A Sense of History: The Best Writings from the Pages of American Heritage Introductory note by Byron Dobell (read 26 May 1989) This is a big book, 832 pages, of selections from American Heritage magazine and I read it cover to cover. It is full of good pieces and was well worth reading but being as episodic as it is there is less compulsion to keep reading--so it took me twenty days! ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 26, 2008 |
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Auchincloss, LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradlee, Benjamin C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carson, GeraldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Catton, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cawthon, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Commager, Henry SteeleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cowley, MalcolmContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, Kenneth S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Engelman, Fred L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Fleming, Thomas J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Gartner, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gusewelle, C. W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hahn, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hammond, BrayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Heilbroner, Robert L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Klaw, SpencerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Moser, DonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nevins, AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Stephen B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Rossiter, ClintonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rudd, HughesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, FrancisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, GeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snow, Richard F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
St. John, MarieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Stevenson, JanetContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stewart, George R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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