A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History

A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History

A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History

A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History

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History is not about dates and quotes and obscure
provisos. History is about life, about change, about
consequences, cause and effect. It’s about the
mystery of human nature, the mystery of time,
and it isn’t just about politics and the military and
social issues, which is almost always the way it’s
taught. It’s about music and poetry and drama
and science and medicine and money and love.

— David McCullough

My friend Siobhan says history is gossip on a grand scale. John F. Kennedy wrote that “for the true student of history— history is an end in itself. It fulfills a deep human need for understanding; the satisfaction it provides requires no further justification.” I’ve found that people either proclaim they love history or hate it. History enthusiasts consider the study of history endlessly fascinating while others find it deadly dull. Some people stand on a historic battlefield and see only a grassy field while others see military strategy and the chaos of war. What are the components that make history engaging and compelling? What does it mean to experience history?

For over twenty years my goal has been to help history haters change their minds. I have managed to mold my passion for his-

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