history_americaTHE SMITHSONIAN’S HISTORY OF AMERICA IN 101 OBJECTS

“Kurin [has] done a masterful job. Even… well-known items have surprising and significant back stories. Unexpected selections… make the book even more engrossing, and… can make for some emotional reading. Kurin does a terrific job of expanding upon the story of each object, whether it’s a pair of slave shackles or a damaged door from one of the New York City fire trucks that responded to 9/11. This humanistic approach to storytelling makes for immersive, addictive reading.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Smithsonian Undersecretary Kurin’s tales are abundant, so much so that it seems almost a shame to stop at a mere 101 items….A well-conceived and well-illustrated pleasure to read, combining narrative history and keepsake volume.” Kirkus Reviews

“A guide like this is all the more useful since such a small percentage of the Smithsonian’s holdings can ever be on exhibit. The book is much more descriptive than analytical, as Kurin sets each object, beautifully photographed, in its historical and institutional context.”  Library Journal

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