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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Hunt for History

The Hunt for History by Nathan Raab.

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Scribner (March 10, 2020)
ISBN-10: 1501198904

Amazon Review:

Nathan Raab, America’s preeminent rare documents dealer, describes his years as the Sherlock Holmes of historical artifacts—questing after precious finds and determining their authenticity—and he shows us what the past can tell us about the present.

A box uncovered in a Maine attic with twenty letters written by Alexander Hamilton; a handheld address to Congress by President George Washington; a long-lost Gold Medal that belonged to an American President; a note that Winston Churchill wrote to his captor when he was a young POW in South Africa; paperwork signed and filled out by Amelia Earhart when she became the first woman to fly the Atlantic; an American flag carried to the moon and back by Neil Armstrong; an unpublished letter written by Albert Einstein, discussing his theory of relativity.

Each day, people from all over the world contact Nathan Raab for help understanding what they have, what it might be worth, and how to sell it. The Raab Collection’s president, Nathan is a modern-day treasure hunter and one of the world’s most prominent dealers of historical artifacts. Most weeks, he travels the country, scours auctions, or fields phone calls and emails from people who think they may have found something of note in a grandparent’s attic.

In The Hunt for History, Raab shares some fascinating stories about his professional exploits: spotting a letter from British officials that secured the Rosetta Stone; discovering a piece of the first electric cable laid by Edison; restoring a fragmented letter from Andrew Jackson that led to the infamous Trail of Tears; and locating copies of missing audio that had been recorded on Air Force One as the plane brought JFK’s body back to Washington. Whether it’s the first report of Napoleon’s death or an unpublished letter penned by Albert Einstein to a curious soldier, every document and artifact Raab uncovers comes with a spellbinding story—and often offers new insights into a life we thought we knew.

When I sent for this book I wasn't sure how it would be, but it wasn't a big book so I sent for it.  In the beginning I thought I made a mistake.. it was a father teaching is son how to tell if something like an autograph was authentic or not. It should have interested me, as I collected autographs.. but I got mine most all in person so I had no doubts they were authentic! 

Anyway it finally got to when the son was older and they were mostly interested in documents from history.  When they found something they said how they checked for authenticity and then just because it was a letter from, lets say, Einstein , what was in the letter was far more important then the signature.

As it went on they got deeper into historical letters and documents and then he talked about why each piece was or was not important in value of the History of it.  The book became more and more interesting as it went on. In the end it could have been longer as far as I am concerned. 

Very different for me to read , yet, I learned a lot from it.  Probably some "forgotten history" along with things I vaguely remembered.  Not a bad choice for a book if you want something different and you have interest in some history. 


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