Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Beginnings: Here Is Where

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Here Is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History by Andrew Carroll

"Here is where it all began: the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan."

What happened there? One night in 1863 (or 1864), Robert Todd Lincoln fell between the loading platform and a train. He was rescued by Edwin Booth. And there is no historical marker to note this amazing historic event. Just as there is no historical marker to mark any of the events in this book.

4 comments:

Kay said...

Seriously? A Booth rescued a Lincoln? That is rather amazing!

Juli Rahel said...

I like the sound of the beginning although I'm feeling that, as a non-American, I'm missing the importance of a Booth and a Lincoln! I am intrigued to check it out some more though! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have  great weekend!
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Carin Siegfried said...

Goodness, it never occurred to me that non-Americans wouldn't get this! Duh. Right after the American Civil War, John Wilkes Booth (a famous actor), murdered President Abraham Lincoln. In this quote, the life of Lincoln's son Robert, was saved by John Wilkes Booth's brother (also a famous actor.) Does that help?

Shaina said...

This sounds fascinating! I love learning obscure or little-known history.