Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lost To Time by Martin Sandler

I love to read about lost events in history that were a huge deal when they happened, but have been forgotten over time.  That's what I loved about this book.  Some of the events I have read about, and others were completely new to me.  

Lost to Time by Martin Sandler is a great book to read if you are a fan of snippets of history.  It's easy to read, and you can put it down between chapters, since each chapter is a different lesson in history.  Did you know about Cahokia?  It was a ginormous city built by Native Americans near present day Collinsville, Illinois.  This city was incredible.  It was built by hand, using mound building techniques, and lasted for five centuries, before mysteriously being abandoned.  You can go to Collinsville, Illinois to the site of this city; check out  Cahokia Mounds .

Did you know Paul Revere wasn't the first to ride through the night, warning of the coming British soldiers?  Yep.  It was sixteen year old Sybil Ludington.  Her father, Colonel Ludington, sent her on a midnight ride through dangerous woods on horseback to warn all of the towns under his command to muster and meet at his home.  She rode forty miles that night, through pounding rain and dangerous territory.  Amazing.  She never hesitated or wavered in her determination to help save other towns and villages from being destroyed by the British.  

Lost to Time is full of more stories of forgotten disasters in American history, forgotten explorers, and men who made breakthroughs in air flight and the first subway system in New York.  

I highly recommend this book.  It will make you eager to delve deeper into each of these incredible events, and appreciate all the unsung heroes we have forgotten.  If you're a fan of history, this is a must read!

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