Forget what you were taught in seventh grade-this riveting book takes readers down American history's back alleys and side streets.
From the arrival of the Mayflower through the 2016 election, ON THIS DATE explores five hundred years of American history, revealing a compelling tale for each day in the calendar year.
Drawing from Carl M. Cannon's popular RealClearPolitics' "Morning Note," ON THIS DATE is focused on fascinating and sometimes unknown stories behind specific dates in U.S. history: What inspired Abraham Lincoln to grow his famous beard, what Dwight Eisenhower really thought about playing football against the great Jim Thorpe, the legal grounds for the first American divorce, who wrote "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and who profited from it.
Colorful yet authoritative, ON THIS DATE debunks some popular myths and celebrates America's forgotten heroes.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics and a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage. Previous positions include Executive Editor of Politics Daily, Washington Bureau Chief for Reader's Digest, White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal, a fellow-in-residence at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, and a past president of the White House Correspondents' Association. He is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War, co-author of Reagan's Disciple: George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy with Lou Cannon, and Circle of Greed with Patrick Dillon. Carl was also a member of the San Jose Mercury-News staff awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great book for those who have an interest in American history. Each day Cannon provides tidbits ranging from the Pilgrims arrival to the New World up to the present day based on what event occurred on that particular day. There is some emphasis (meaning they've discussed more than once) on World War II, Abraham Lincoln/Civil War, Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley, the Roosevelts, and the Pilgrims, but other rather obscure topics are also discussed such as the invention of the ice cream cone. I read this cover to cover but it is really meant to be read an article a day during the course of a year. This book would make a great gift to amateur American historian.