Lost to Time Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot Stories that history forgot but readers will remember The only thing new in the world said Harry S Truman is the history you don t know In this fresh and fascinating collection of historical vignett

  • Title: Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot
  • Author: Martin W. Sandler
  • ISBN: 9781402729584
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stories that history forgot but readers will remember The only thing new in the world, said Harry S Truman, is the history you don t know In this fresh and fascinating collection of historical vignettes, Martin W Sandler author of Resolute and Atlantic Ocean restores to memory important events, people, and developments that have been lost to time Though barely knoStories that history forgot but readers will remember The only thing new in the world, said Harry S Truman, is the history you don t know In this fresh and fascinating collection of historical vignettes, Martin W Sandler author of Resolute and Atlantic Ocean restores to memory important events, people, and developments that have been lost to time Though barely known today, these are major historical stories, from Ziryab, an eighth century black slave whose influence on music, cuisine, fashion, and manners still reverberates, to Cahokia, a 12th century city north of the Rio Grande, which at its zenith contained a population estimated to have been as high as 40,000 than any contemporary European city , to the worst peacetime maritime disaster ever, the explosion and sinking of the Sultana on the Mississippi in 1865.These tales are far from trivia they illuminate little known American and foreign achievements, ingenuity, heroics, blunders, and tragedies that changed the course of history and resonate today.

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    1. A very mixed bag of mostly obscure bits of historical trivia. A few chapters are genuinely interesting, even riveting, in their own right. In particular, the chapter about the amazingly devastating Peshtigo fire, an enormous disaster that has been largely forgotten because it happened at the same time as the Great Chicago Fire. Others were somewhat less interesting, and somewhat less obscure. Those who love historical minutia will find at least one chapter that's worth the price of admission.

    2. Eleven short tales of now largely forgotten people, events or places from throughout history, from the Moorish slave turned scholar to the botched practice for D-Day that cost more lives than were lost in the actual landings the first day on Utah Beach. A quick read, this volume will probably only find favor with the historically obsessed.

    3. Fantastic tidbits from history. Can be read out of chapter order. A quick read. Demonstrates how easily real events are lost when no one cares to retell the story.

    4. It's an interesting book, but, since I already knew most of the unknown history in the book, I gave it only 3 stars.

    5. One of the best randomly spotted library books ever. Who knew that D-Day had a rehearsal in which over 700 troops were killed, one where the government went to extraordinary lengths to cover up? Or that the Great Chicago Fire isn’t so “great” in comparison to the even worse same-day forest fire that killed 7 times as many people? Or that not one, but two other people outdid Paul Revere in the most influential and life-saving warning rides of the Revolution? Or that the Wright brothers actu [...]

    6. This book delivers on what the title promises - some of the subjects you'll read about will amaze you that you haven't heard more about. I even showed the book to a history major, and he confessed he had vaguely heard of 3 of the events in the book, and the others he was clueless about. Suffice to say, he is borrowing this book now that I have finished. If you enjoy learning new, unique information and enjoy history, you'll like this book.

    7. I liked it. It was an ambitious project to take on in finding stories that hadn't been heard of and yet had enough information about it to write a chapter. Some of the choices seemed random and there was definitely a male focus but it was interesting to learn about as the only story I knew about was the Sultana sinking.

    8. These stories are a must read. They are perfect for a trip since you can come to a stopping place easily. These talk about many inventors and events that took place before the accepted and are fascinating.

    9. A tolerable description of eleven historical episodes. The author considers that these events have been forgotten by general histories.

    10. Truly amazing stories that are relatively unknown. As I read this book, I couldn't believe that these stories, people, and legacies are forgotten or overlooked in our modern world, which goes to show that there is more to history than what you are taught or told.The true stories include: The story of Ziryab, a black slave from Arabia, who later was a musician in the Moorish court of Spain, who was perhaps one of the most brilliant musicians of all time. He influenced and invented much of our mus [...]

    11. Martin Sandler has written a brief overview of some fascinating stories that deserve (and in most cases have) whole books of their own. For a quick review, this is not a bad collection. Events such as the explosion of the steamboat Sultana and the Peshtigo wildfire are given their own chapters as do individuals such as Joseph Warren and Elisha Kent Kane. Sandler tends to overstate the importance of some of his subjects. Gil Eanes certainly wasn't alone in audacity among Portuguese explorers, Hen [...]

    12. I have a soft spot for the "stories your history book never told you!!!" genre of pop-history books. This isn't really one of the best of its kind, and some of the stories in it circulate frequently through similar books (the story of Gustave Whitehead, for instance, I've read about many times); but it's still an interesting and informative light read. I have to say, though: the author seems awfully credulous regarding Ziryab, an ex-slave in 9th-century Moorish Spain. Apparently basing his accou [...]

    13. Great writing and some fascinating stories that are largely forgotten today. Entertaining to read. Having these stories told together sparks some interesting thinking about why we remember certain events and how history gets written. That ultimately is what makes this book so disappointing. There is little to no effort to seriously grapple with the historiography all questions the book obviously raises. We never really learn why the author chose these particular stories, other than he just heard [...]

    14. The "Firsts" we think we know may not be the actual "first". Some of the stories I knew about, but in others I found myself repeatedly saying "No kidding!" "Gil Eanes: Conquering the Point of No Return" is about the first man to sail past what was considered at the time (1434) the point of no return--the place where monsters were bound to get you if you didn't sail off the end of the earth. "Elisha Kent Kane: America's Greatest Hero" went looking for the Northwest Passage. "America's First Subwa [...]

    15. Reading a book like this might make me a hapless, pedantic bore at a dinner party as one who snips up conversation into arcane anecdotes from the past but then, teachers don't get asked to very many dinner parties. Sandler has collected 11 chapters of rare events and little-known individuals who have contributed to history and I'll add the Epilogue (since Sandler didn't). It seems that we are very bad at reading History; we remember only the celebrity cause-agents and their publicists. My favori [...]

    16. Sandler has the knack of making a scholarly book accessible to the average reader. His writing style moves the narrative along while providing the notes, bibliography, and indexing that a researcher appreciates. In this book, he takes 11 stories from history that have been mostly forgotten. The tales range from a slave who changed history in the 9th century to a female messenger during the American Revolution to Exercise Tiger, a practice session for the D-Day landing in Normandy. With lavish il [...]

    17. This is really a bathroom book - in the sense that it is best left on the back of the toilet for quick reading. It has a bunch of interesting tidbits, but he research in many cases seems rather cursory. More delving into source material would have added depth to some of the stories but evidently that was not the intent. The general idea of showing how history often edits out many significant events (as well as almost all the nuance nd detail of everyday life) is well made out in these stories, a [...]

    18. It never fails to amaze me how much one’s take on history is affected by those you listen to. I know history is written by the victors (who edit as they see fit), but the more I read, the more I realize how much I still don’t know. I’ve never heard of any of these people. Still trying to decide if this would be an acceptable Jeopardy source.

    19. What is fun about this collection is that each chapter examines a different "unknown" place or person from history. Since it could be read one chapter at a time, I actually took a coule of months to finish it, but feel much better informed about a number of different historical traditions as a result.

    20. I haven't read any non-fiction for some time. This is an interesting collection of lost historical events or people that have made a definite impact on our history or society. Easy and entertaining to read, with suprising information. We have forgotten some important heroes and overlooked some very important events in our history.

    21. If you enjoy little known bits of history and not a lot of scholarly detail this is a fun book to dip into. It's a good one if you haven't got a lot of time. Each of the eleven chapters is a separate story--they are in chronilogical order. Most have some connection to US history.I was already aware of some of the incidents, but I learned from all of them.

    22. I wanted to like this book. The idea is good in theory, but I would just get interested in one story and it would be over. It's a good way to get people interested in reading more about the individual subjects, though (I had no idea about the pre-DDay simulations and that there were so many casualties).

    23. Finally, finished. Some of these stories are not as "lost to time" as the author believes--I was already familiar with about a third of them. (not a history major, but definitely a history nerd). However, the quotations used as support were too lengthy, and the most interesting stories became dry and bland.

    24. An interesting collection of examples of the vagaries of history, and our (sometimes) limited view of historical events. My favorites were the chapters about Sybil Ludington, who out Revere'd Paul Revere and Gustave Whitehead's probable scoop of the Wright brothers.

    25. Interesting snippets of history that practically nobody knows about. Some chapters were more boring than others, but I greatly enjoyed the following ones: Gil Eanes, Elisha Kent Kane, The Sultana, America's First Subway, and Exercise Tiger. Fascinating stuff.

    26. Nice collection of short historical vignettes about some little-known historical figures and happenings! The chapters were a little short at times, but thanks to the internet, it's easy to find more about any of the subjects that I was interested in.

    27. True to it's title, this book examines events and/or people that, for one reason or another, have not emerged as things that are popularly known. Some of the stories are interesting, some of them are kind of meh.

    28. You ever have the professor in college who had a specialty that was unique and semi-interesting. You are not sure if it was necessary or important addition to academia, but you can listen to at least a few lectures about the subject.That is this book.

    29. An enjoyable set of stories about episodes in history that we should all know more about. I especially loved the story of the young girl who out-rode Paul Revere and the eccentric inventor who might have flown before the Wright Brothers did . . .

    30. Some of the stories spoke more to me than others, obviously. Most of them were also from American history. However, I did enjoy reading them and learned quite a few interesting things.

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