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Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  530 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Here Is Where chronicles Andrew Carroll’s eye-opening – and at times hilarious -- journey across America to find and explore unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived. Sparking the idea for this book was Carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Carroll wo ...more
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Published May 14th 2013 by Crown Archetype (first published October 19th 2010)
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Ronald Roseborough

If any book cries out for an app, this book certainly does. The places visited in this book are ripe with history. They present a fascinating insight into the people and places in our country that are perhaps little known, yet full of meaning and importance. Who wouldn't want to see the place where John Wilkes Booth's brother, Edwin Booth, saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln? Do you think the Spanish Flu of 1918 that killed millions worldwide started in Spain? No, it fir
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Martha
This is a charming review of people, places, and events in U.S. history that have been forgotten or misplaced or swept under the carpet because of embarrassing associations. The author's passion for his subject is contagious, the chapters are relatively short, and the information he presents is well organized. He's got a real talent for finding common threads in events and people that seem at first disparate. This is, no doubt, the result of the extensive research he did which led him from plac ...more
Caroline
I picked this up because I, like Carroll, am a self-proclaimed history nut and it looked like a fun little romp through some forgotten episodes in America's history. 'Forgotten' is not perhaps the best word to use - if all the people and places mentioned in this book were truly forgotten, there would be no way for anyone, let alone the author, to know about them at all. 'Neglected' is perhaps a better term, or 'bypassed'.

There's no great depth to this book, but it was a lively, engaging read, an
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Jason
If you are looking for an informative read on American history regarding important people and events that get undeservedly overlooked, Andrew Carroll's "Here Is Where: Discovering America's Forgotten History" provides the material you seek. Carroll enlightens the reader with multitudinous information, engages his audience to reflect and consider pivotal moments in time, and illustrates for us all how fragile one's legacy, no matter how impactful, can become.

Carroll provides plenty of amusing and
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Paul Waibel
I lived in Lynchburg, Virginia during the 1960s while in high school and college. I left after graduating from Lynchburg College in 1968. I returned eleven years later for a brief four years. During those four years I discovered things about Lynchburg's history that I was unaware of while living there in the sixties.

I did not know, for example, that Thomas Jefferson's summer home, Poplar Forest, was located in one of the city's western suburbs. Neither did I know that a large house up on one of
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Bronwyn
Won through Goodreads.

More like 4.5 stars, but I'll give it 5.

I really enjoyed this book. Carroll went around the U.S. traveling to places that were important to our history but have been forgotten and don't have markers. The book is broken down into sections based on what the event was; there is a section for medical history, technological history, graves/death history, preservation of history, and more. Some of these sections I enjoyed more than others. I didn't enjoy the medical section as mu
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Christopher
Wonderful account of Carroll's visits to many lesser-known (or practically unknown) historical sites around the United States and the research that went into them. His style is little bit like Sarah Vowell's, especially in his regard for the obscure, humble underdogs who never made it into the history books and who deserve at least a historical marker. My favorite chapters include the ones on Elisha Otis (yes, the founder of Otis elevators and inventor of the safety brake for elevators), Robert ...more
Patricia
The best compliment I can give to this book is that I hope the author will soon write another one! A fascinating exploration of little known historical episodes in American history told through the author's trips to the places where they occurred. He manages to weave a little suspense into the stories and makes some wonderful points about the value of knowing our history. My favorite stories were the medical ones but all of it was really interesting. His willingness to share his personal quirks ...more
Ryan G
If you didn't know that Edwin Booth saved the life of Robert Todd Lincoln, months before his brother assassinated President Lincoln, you aren't alone. I had no clue, and that's the point of this book. The author, Andrew Carroll, who had files upon files of little know historical oddities, decided to travel the United States, visiting the sites of pivotal points in American history, that most of us have forgotten about. And forgotten is probably not the right word, let's just say this book is ful ...more
Marti
The first tidbit of information involved Edwin Booth, one of the most famous actors in America at the time, saving Abraham Lincoln's son from being run over by a train at Exchange Place in Jersey City. Since I know the location very well, that got my interest. Of course neither one could have foreseen that Booth's brother would assassinate the President a year later.

It seems that many potentially memorable events get overshadowed in the course of time by something much bigger happening immediate
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Susan
I enjoyed Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History, and I think author Andrew Carroll and I are soulmates of a sort. He talks about enjoying learning about history, and then visiting the spot where various events happened -- me too. Sometimes, I'll read a non-fiction book and then want to visit the site where it happened SO badly, I can hardly stand it. Thus, my trips to Neuschwanstein, etc. I would love to see the sites of the Little House books, and I kind of did things bac ...more
Rawles
I was very intrigued by the premise of this book from the start. I would call this historical nonfiction, and it is a MUST read for any American, and any fan of history. I don't normally read a lot of nonfiction, but this was really fun to read. This book is especially about the overlooked, the underdog, the impetus for major historical events that no one knows about. Carroll makes it very entertaining with his spurts of humor and the way he tells each story in just the right amount of detail. E ...more
Nancy Kennedy
Andrew Carroll toured the country looking for history that isn't there. Not that something didn't happen, but that whatever happened is little remembered today, or utterly forgotten. No markers, no citations, certainly no monuments. Andrew Carroll goes there for us, because without an equal amount of research we can't find and appreciate these forgotten spots and stories.

Mr. Carroll's quest started with one forgotten place -- a subway stop in Jersey City, NJ. It was here in the early 1860s that
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Your Excellency
This book is much more than the History Lite that seems to be popular today. Although the author skips around (figuratively and actually) from location to location, he provides a great deal of depth on each of his topics. Each is entertaining and (yes, I must say) educational, and Mr. Carroll sheds new light on many 'old' things. Not just chewing gum for the mind, this one.
I especially liked the small connections he makes between one event and others in his book - it's like finding a little thre
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Todd Stockslager
Review title: Where is here? Whereever we looked last.
The old saying that you always find a lost item in the last place you look is of course an obvious truth--once you've found the thing, you stop looking. Bug it also conveys the notion that we usually don't find lost things in the first place we look either, even if the lost object is right under our noses. There is a mental as well as a physical element of finding lost things, and sometimes we can't find things even though we are looking righ
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Linda B
Author Andrew Carroll was inspired to write this book after visiting the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. He sought out forgotten places filled with history. The book is broken up into short chapters, each with a different topic. It is a fairly quick read because you can read a little at a time and then go back to it later.

I’m not sure why some were included as “forgotten history” as the stories and places are fairly well known. Some of the stories
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L.A. Kelley

This review was in exchange for a free copy from Blogging for Books.

Pity the poor suffering student trapped in a stuffy classroom with an aging professor droning away about white guys fighting. For most students that depressing scenario constitutes a history class; dates, a succession of wars, and who is trying to kill whom. If only they had Andrew Carroll. Under his skillful storytelling, forgotten history unfolds as a fascinating journey into the past. History becomes more that a succession of
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Patrick Gibson
Pretty good bathroom book! Not meant to be offensive, but this collection of forgotten moments in American History are each about 4-6 pages long and about the right length for—well, you know. Andrew Carroll went on a cool road trip, visiting interesting places throughout our country where some not-so-monumental, bizarre, and/or tragic events have taken place.

Some of the places seem to beg for more attention in historical importance, such as the disaster of the SS Sultana which is America's bigge
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Sandie
Did you know that the first explorer to reach the top of Pikes Peak was a woman, Julia Ann Archibald Holmes? That the oldest living tree, named Prometheus, was cut down in an afternoon by a scientist who wanted to study it? That the Supreme Court used to have X-rated movie showing days back when the laws about obscenity were being tested? That the 1918 Spanish Flu actually started in Kansas and before it was over killed fifty million people here and overseas, with 200,000 dying in the U.S. in th ...more
Kermit
4.1 stars

The author chose interesting morsels of American history and then visited the part of the United States intertwined with the morsel.

For example, the Spanish flu of 1917 and 1918 killed millions of people worldwide. In later years, as medical science became more advanced, researchers needed some actual human tissue that was infected with the Spanish flu virus. So they went to a small town in Alaska where the ground stays permanently frozen and dug up some flu victims to see if they could
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Marie
"Here is Where, Discovering America's Great Forgotten History" by Andrew Carroll one of the best quick facts on history books I have read. This has been a very fun and entertaining book to read. It has all kind of different facts about history that most people did not know. Each chapter has a main topic and the author not only talks about it but also his trip to the area his talking about and any side stories. Its a wonderful for history fans.

I will give a little teaser for this book without giv
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Beckiezra
It wasn't bad, but it was boring and convoluted at times so I'd definitely recommend it to people who enjoy random history. He kept going off on tangents, in storytelling and in actual visits to historic sites, which were hard to follow in the audiobook considering the way I'd zone out as he'd drone on (an unkind description, the author's reading was never monotonous, he just never managed to make his enthusiasm infectious to me). Some historic sites remain unmarked for a reason apparently, most ...more
Frederick Bingham
This book is a series of short vignettes where the author visits some hidden or forgotten area of US history. As an example, there is the location in Nevada where the oldest known tree - over 4000 years - was cut down by chainsaw-wielding scientists in the 1960s. Or the place in Mississippi where a series of horrific medical experiments were carried out in the 1920s. Or The Alamo and the story of how it was saved from neglect and destruction. Or the small town in Kansas where the Spanish flu ori ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
This book is brilliant. It's a combination of the first hand account of the author's travels and the forgotten history he dug up. At first, I wasn't very fond of the travelogue parts, but as I continued to read, I grew to like the author's journey as much as the historical stories he discovered . He found some fascinating information that made me wonder how such events have been forgotten.

While he doesn't come across as preachy, Carroll does include his opinion and bits of insight on some thin
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Mara
I really enjoyed this one! It was a good read for summer, as there's a "history road trip" feel to the whole thing as Carroll travels the U.S. in search of sites where lesser-known historical events occurred. He picks a good variety of events and keeps things moving at a enjoyable pace. Highly recommended!
Chris
The idea of this book is great. Find and try to document the obscure place where things in history took place they may be forgotten or lost. I was totally on board with the idea, it sounded like a trip I would take. Unfortunately I found the writing a little confusing and self involved. I felt that the author inserted himself and his modern day circumstances into the mix too often. I was more interested in the places and stories, but found myself sidetracked by the narration of how things were h ...more
Laura
If you like historical trivia, you'll LOVE this book! I saw it in a newspaper article and thought it sounded intriguing - and it didn't disappoint.
Who invented cruise control? What is the most visited American landmark? Where is the original Declaration of Independence? There is lots more to find out -- answers to questions you didn't know you had!
One of the best things about HERE IS WHERE are the "stand alone" chapters. They are generally short chapters, and you could skip around reading (but y
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Elise Schebler Roberts
Carroll's topic is fascinating and he has overall done his research well. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves the stories of the real people behind historic events. Carroll's writing style is a little awkward and the phrase "intents and purposes" is used too frequently. The editor missed a few errors-the Julian Calendar was introduced by Julius Caesar, but not 600 years before 1500, but almost 1600 years before. And the early 1800s are not the Colonial Era-when the United States was still a ser ...more
Margi
Some great history and some that I skimmed over. I loved the Dowagiac Train Station, Paris-Cope Service Station, The Remains of Prometheus, and Mankato River Bank. It is so interesting to think of all the places we drive by every day where something historical happened, yet we know nothing about it. Thank goodness for authors like Andrew Carroll who take the time to investigate these sites. think there is enough variety in this book to appeal to most everyone. It is definitely a great read for a ...more
Rochelle
When I started reading this book I was so excited. The stories in the first part of the book are just the sort of forgotten history that really speaks to me. Not necessarily the most important people in history, but real people in history who could be forgotten when history focuses only on the movers and shakers. I loved the first quarter or so of the book (hard to tell, I was reading an e book version) but then as he start ed focusing on other parts of history I found my interest fading fast. I ...more
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