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A rousing cross-country journey, from small towns to big cities, in search of
America’s most extraordinary—but unmarked—historic sites
HERE IS WHERE:
Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History
By Andrew Carroll
Carroll’s quest started as so many do: with a great story. Intrigued by a little-known account of Edwin Booth – brother of the assassin John Wilkes Booth – saving the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son at a New Jersey train station, Carroll began seeking out other forgotten but fascinating sites we walk by every day. HERE IS WHERE covers the full sweep of our nation’s past, from the first Native Americans, explorers, and pilgrims who set foot on this land, to the pioneers, patriots, inventors, and activists who transformed it.
Carroll visited every region of the country, and HERE IS WHERE follows his incredible trek – by car, plane, train, helicopter, kayak, bus, and bike – as he uncovers hidden history sites across America, including in:
· Mound City, Arkansas, where a boat carrying Civil War soldiers exploded on the Mississippi River, a disaster that claimed more lives than the sinking of the Titanic (p. 34)
· Paisley, Oregon, where the oldest human DNA in America was discovered (p. 67)
· Saluda, Virginia, where an African-American woman refused to give up her seat on a bus, prompting a U.S. Supreme Court desegregation case—more than 11 years before Rosa Parks made her stand (p. 172)
· Caledonia, North Carolina, where a prison inmate created a weapon, with the warden’s permission, that revolutionized modern warfare (p. 213)
· Rigby, Idaho, where a teenage farm boy had a brainstorm that led to the invention of television (p. 238)
· Peoria, Illinois, where a group of USDA and British scientists secretly worked to mass produce penicillin at the beginning of World War II, ultimately saving tens of millions of lives (p. 304)
· Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where a copy of the Declaration of Independence was discovered that pre-dates the one on display at the National Archives (p. 409)
Timed with the publication of the book, Carroll is embarking on a 50-state, year-long tour to share his findings and energize people from all walks of life to search for great unmarked places in their own communities. Carroll is also using proceeds from his book to put up historical markers at specific sites.
Carroll’s previous bestseller, WAR LETTERS, inspired an ongoing nationwide effort to honor America’s troops and veterans by collecting and archiving their wartime correspondence. His love for history is genuine and deeply personal; ironically, Carroll grew up disliking the subject—until his house burned down and everything he had was destroyed. Losing all of his family memorabilia made him realize the importance of saving the past, and he’s been an impassioned and dedicated advocate for historic preservation ever since. Here Is Where is a thoroughly entertaining but profound reminder that the places we pass by often harbor astonishing secrets and that amazing, little-known stories are all around us, just waiting to be found.
ANDREW CARROLL is best known as the editor of WAR LETTERS, which sold more than 300,000 copies and inspired a critically acclaimed PBS documentary. His other New York Times bestsellers include LETTERS OF A NATION and BEHIND THE LINES. He also edited the anthology OPERATION HOMECOMING, which inspired the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning film of the same name. Carroll lives in Washington, D.C., and Orange, California, where he serves as the director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.
HERE IS WHERE: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History
By Andrew Carroll
Published by Crown Archetype * On sale May 14, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-307-46397-5 * Price: $25.00 * Hardcover
Also available as an eBook and on audio from Random House