Lost to Time

Lost to Time

Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot

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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 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 (more 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Sterling Pub., c2010
ISBN: 9781402729584
1402729588
Characteristics: x, 291 p. : ill., ports., facsims. ; 24 cm

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TheresaAJ
Mar 02, 2016

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 illustrations, Sandler provides a look at the mostly forgotten, mostly visionary people and events in American history.

ChristchurchLib Mar 31, 2015

In this fascinating collection of historical vignettes, author Martin W. Sandler 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 greater than any contemporary European city, to the worst peacetime maritime disaster ever, the explosion and sinking of the Sultana on the Mississippi in 1865, and the deadliest fire in U.S. history, in Peshtigo. History and Current Events April 2015 newsletter.

bookfanatic1979 Oct 11, 2011

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.

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cardigramma
May 11, 2011

Very poorly edited. I already knew about 3 of the "lost" events. Learning about the other 8 was interesting but the book needed to be much tighter.

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