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Here is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  752 Ratings  ·  179 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
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Crown Archetype (first published October 19th 2010)
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Ronald Roseborough
Feb 04, 2013 Ronald Roseborough rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction

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
Jul 04, 2013 Martha rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
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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Paul Waibel
May 19, 2013 Paul Waibel rated it it was amazing
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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Jason
Sep 17, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, travelogue
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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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
Jul 26, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 20, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2014 Ryan G rated it really liked it
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
Dave
Nov 18, 2013 Dave rated it it was amazing
"At its best, history nurtures within us humility and gratitude. It encourages respect and empathy. It fosters creativity and stimulates the imagination. It inspires resilience. And it does so by illuminating the simple truth that...it's an absolute miracle that any one of us is alive today...and that we are, above everything else, all in this together."

When your passion is history, and you struggle for years to communicate why history carries significance to teenagers, it is altogether settling
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Susan
Jul 24, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Nancy Kennedy
Apr 18, 2013 Nancy Kennedy rated it it was amazing
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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Rawles
Jun 09, 2013 Rawles rated it it was amazing
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
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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Your Excellency
May 29, 2013 Your Excellency rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
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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Catherine  Mustread
An amazing amount of historical trivia from prehistoric archaeology to rocket science, the scope and inclusion of the material in this book is overwhelming – some is fascinating and other parts not so much. Of course every reader will have their own favorite parts in such a book, and perhaps only the writer and those with a wider range of tolerance for a book of such varied subjects will truly appreciate the entire contents.

My favorite part was the section on inventions and technological advance
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Mara
Jun 19, 2013 Mara rated it it was amazing
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!
Carmen
Jun 16, 2017 Carmen rated it it was amazing
I'm rarely a big nonfiction fan. This book is so much fun, though! I loved the weird stuff the author looks for. And since I'm currently slightly obsessed with the musical Hamilton, I enjoyed the references to John Laurens.
Crysta
Feb 21, 2017 Crysta rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-politics
Short vignettes of unknown American history - very interesting, lightly interwoven, and full of aha moments.
Maddy
Nov 13, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating! At times the chapters dragged a bit but a fun read nonetheless.
Alison
Signs that you, too, will love Andrew Carroll's Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History:

1) You are a fan of Sarah Vowell and Susan Orlean, and/or

2) You have no idea who I'm talking about, but you enjoy American history, and/or

3) You enjoy learning about history in non-traditional ways, such as watching History Detectives on PBS or Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC (i.e., hated in school but probably just because it was presented poorly), and/or

4) You had a dad who wanted to s
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 02, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
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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Lisa
Feb 26, 2017 Lisa rated it really liked it
Interesting tidbits of American history that most of us have never heard about. If you are a person who likes details and history, this is a book for you. The author has an easy read style, quirky humor and the stories make good trivia....."Hey, did you know that the Spanish flu epidemic did not start in Spain and it really decimated communities?" Why is this not more well known? John Wilkes Booth's brother Edwin actually saved Todd Lincoln a few years before JWB assassinated President Lincoln. ...more
Matt
Andrew Carroll’s chronicling of his search for, and travels to, little known locations of historical importance that have been forgotten or ignored was an intriguing concept upon seeing the cover for “Here is Where”. Upon finishing the book, I can say that Carroll turned said concept into wonderful book that was a combination of investigative history and travel log that was hard to put down at the end of my lunch hour and work breaks.

Carroll’s begins the book by giving the reasons he decided to
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Jj Kwashnak
May 15, 2013 Jj Kwashnak rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The shelves in the travel (and history) sections groan under the weight of guides to see the sites of events in American history, both big and small. Yet for every site mentioned in these books, at least half a dozen more are not and a decent number of these are not only unsung, but may be unknown or forgotten. Luckily there are people like Andrew Carroll who has filled file cabinets with scraps of paper with random facts and mentions that were then followed up on for further discovery. Many of ...more
Kristi Richardson
"I regret that the attempt you made to restore the Girl (Oney Judge as she called herself while with us, and who, without the least provocation absconded from her Mistress) should have been attended with so little Success. To enter into such a compromise with her, as she suggested to you, is totally inadmissible, for reasons that must strike at first view: for however well-disposed I might be to a gradual abolition, or even to an entire emancipation of that description of People (if the latter w ...more
Christie
First sentence: "Here is where it all began: the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan."

In this book, Andrew Carroll tells the story of his journey to find the hidden historical landmarks of the United States and shares the anecdotes of these little known sites. You will journey from the cave where the oldest human DNA has been found on the North American continent to the train station where Edwin Booth (brother of John Wilkes Booth)
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Carin
Jun 23, 2014 Carin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why did I put off reading this? It was only by a few months, but this book couldn't have been more perfect for me. It's long (450+ pages) and yet I wished it was longer!

Mr. Carroll researches minor historical events (or major ones that have inexplicably been forgotten) and he sets out to visit scores of them, all with the explicit rule that they must not have a historical marker, showing how they have been neglected or overlooked. Some are major (The death of nearly 1800 Union troops on the stea
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Kermit
Jun 09, 2014 Kermit rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
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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Sandie
Jun 13, 2014 Sandie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
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
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