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Sparking the idea for this audiobook was Carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was once saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Carroll wondered, How many other unmarked places are there where intriguing events unfolded - or where extraordinary men and women made their mark? And then it came to him: the idea of spotlighting great hidden history by traveling the length and breadth of the United States, searching for buried historical treasure.
In Here Is Where, Carroll drives, flies, boats, hikes, kayaks and trains into the past, and in so doing, uncovers stories that inspire thoughtful contemplation, occasional hilarity and often, awe. Among the things we learn:
Where the oldest sample of DNA in North America was discovered
Which obscure American scientist saved 400 million lives
Which famous FBI agent was the brother of a notorious gangster
Which cemetery contains one million graves - but only one marked
How a 14-year-old boy invented television
Featured prominently in Here Is Where are an abundance of firsts (including the first elevator, the first modern anesthesia, the first cremation, and the first murder conviction based on forensic evidence), outrages (from massacres, to forced sterilizations, to kidnappings) and breakthroughs (from the invention of the M-1 carbine to the recovery of the last existing sample of Spanish Flu to the building of the rocket that made possible space travel).
A profound reminder that the ground we walk is often the top sedimentary layer of amazing past events, Here Is Where represents just the first step in an ongoing project that will recruit citizen historians to preserve what should be remembered.
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By Daryl on 03-12-17
A Man who Loves his Country
This book is proof of the interconnectedness of people. The author truly loves his country, his history, and people in general.
I laughed and cried in places. It's not a book I wanted to read in one sitting, but could pick up and put down when I wanted something interesting to read that wasn't too brainy.
While the author is a gifted writer, able to describe in an accessible style the good, the bad, and the bizarre of humanity, he is less gifted as a narrator. He inunciates well, but does not emote well at all.
Well worth your time, money or credit.
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