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My brush with history
Driscoll, Michael, 1973-
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., 2001.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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At head of title: American heritage.
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American heritage.
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E742 .M9 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Ninety-five everyday Americans share their unique, firsthand accounts of close encounters with greatness in this moving collection of essays, illustrated with historic photographs.

A 12-year-old boxer steps into the ring with a young Cassius Clay; six Vietnam soldiers assist in two amazing births; the Soviets attempt to recruit a young boy as a spy through an ad in a Dennis the Menace comic book; historian Stephen Ambrose accompanies a tipsy Joe McCarthy on a raid of the local library, hunting down Marxist propaganda. In this unforgettable collection of the very best of the long-running "My Brush with History" column from American Heritage magazine, the past comes to life from a plain and wonderfully honest perspective: the words of common Americans as they recount singular, magical moments that have stayed with them for the rest of their lives.

These stories of ordinary folks caught up in extraordinary circumstances range in subject from Hollywood to the military to world history, politics and popular culture. They are simple, poignant and unforgettable.

Author Notes

Michael Driscoll is the author of A Child's Introduction to Poetry and A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky (both Parent's Choice Award winners). He is currently a staff editor at the New York Daily News .

Table of Contents

Duane Charles SoursJohn Clarke AlbertsWilliam M. DorrBurton R. LaubAlice Grinnell KillamAna B. IsaacsWallace AkinGerald CarsonLucy B. NuttallBer-Je H. LukeRichard McGuireEldon A. HuntJohn R. McCormickDaniel Roth, M.D.Shyrle HackerThomas A. ParrottTom FlemingMilton ShawStephen K. GalpinElizabeth KlungnessMary A. SaalfieldDavid SwerdlowW. A. JarrellMarian Schomer GreeneSilvio A. BediniBetty GarrettMalvin WaldDonald R. MorrisWallace C. StrobelHerbert MitgangG. D. LillibridgeBruno ZiratoCol. A. J. McGeheeRobert RoddewigStephen ShieldsAl BennettLiz SmithJames HoltonWalter LordJohn Kenneth GalbraithPeter AndrewsArnold J. LapinerBernard Clayton, Jr.Dave WallisTom BohnenLouis AuchinclossJeremy C. SheaJames FloraJustin SimonJohn J. DuPontJohn E. Condron, Jr.Allan NelsonBarbara GoldsmithWilliam F. Buckley, Jr.Peter H. HareStephen E. AmbroseBob FestavanPeter D. BairdCurtis PrendergastWallace Paul ConklinDr. John H. VanstonJack DuBoseJohn E. Parker Jr.Margaret AbbottBruce S. OdomKnox BurgerHenderson SimmonsMike BurtonMark B. LewisPaul BlandfordJoseph E. PersicoRichard C. LathamGreg BaileyDavid M. KennedyDouglas K. GitchelWilliam J. P. GraceMargarete PlischkeGeorge Lowell Young, Sr.John F. GrimmSamuel S. VaughanE. R. KallusGarry WillsPenda Benson-DavisJames E. RoganDennis E. GaleJohn C. WaughAndrew Davis GleasonNancy CrockerAmy Rukea StempelJames A. MichenerJay L. WolffDr. William A. JohnsonJohn Chancellor
Forewordp. 7
Not Quite Over, Over Therep. 9
Two Handshakes Awayp. 11
The Secret Roomp. 12
Wild West Showp. 14
The Dinner Pailp. 17
Seventy Years Before the Twin Towersp. 21
The Great Tri-State Tornadop. 22
The Broken Saberp. 29
The Commander and the Gravy Boatp. 30
The Southpawp. 33
Coolidge Smilesp. 35
The Better Speakerp. 36
Out of the Bluep. 38
Lindy and Mep. 42
Mystery Hostp. 44
On the Scene at the Crime of the Centuryp. 47
The Day I Saw Them Allp. 49
The Man on the Horsep. 52
Presidential Spinachp. 54
The Lookoutp. 55
His Typep. 59
Wilderness Sederp. 61
No Time for Dressing Roomsp. 63
Lonely (First) Ladyp. 65
Shane's Fatherp. 68
A Date with a Bombingp. 70
Not Right for the Partp. 75
"Why Don't You Come Up and..."p. 78
What Ike Really Saidp. 80
Saving the Leaning Towerp. 82
FDR's Bedside Mannerp. 84
All's Fairp. 87
Bringing the President Homep. 89
Bull Sessionp. 93
Triumph and Tragedyp. 95
No Answerp. 106
Asleep at the Creationp. 108
Bit Part in a Big Theaterp. 110
Churchill Weepsp. 115
Bombs Awayp. 116
My Brush with Bettyp. 118
Brain Drainp. 120
The Prince and Ip. 122
Benevolent Bartenderp. 125
The Manp. 126
A Cool Handp. 128
Whistle Stopp. 129
The Interviewp. 131
Help from on Highp. 133
Bottle Blondep. 138
The Private Jack Bennyp. 140
The Scent of Failurep. 142
Canceling the Poetp. 145
Joe McCarthy Visits Bill Buckleyp. 146
Learned Discussionp. 148
Joe McCarthy at the Libraryp. 151
"Hopped-up Country"p. 152
Moscow Memoriesp. 154
Celestial Tactp. 157
My Day with Hemingwayp. 158
Just Another Weaponp. 161
Me 'n' Elvis 'n' NATOp. 164
The Winnersp. 167
Looking for Adlaip. 170
The Bible Lessonp. 172
Quiz Showp. 174
Boxerp. 178
Kennedy Packs the Housep. 179
The Concertp. 182
Last Time Upp. 186
Popgun in the Cold Warp. 188
The Best Part of the Huntp. 190
The Spyp. 192
Kerenskyp. 195
The Contactp. 196
Touched by Ikep. 198
Teaching the Berlinerp. 200
A Fair Country Cook Meets the Presidentp. 203
Storm Warningp. 207
Ike Rates Himselfp. 210
The Eagle Still Aloftp. 211
Death in Memphisp. 213
Breaking the Cyclep. 214
Truman Scholarp. 217
The Mentorp. 220
Spare Changep. 222
The Witnessp. 224
What She Worep. 226
As the Shah Fellp. 228
A "Tough Little Churchman"p. 232
The Emperor and Ip. 234
No Free Ridesp. 236
The Tall Japanesep. 239
Photo Creditsp. 240