Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Review & Giveaway!

First of all, I hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend! I'm grateful we have a chance to step back and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Never forgotten!

Today I am excited because my daughter, Lauren Bellon is an amazing historian, and today's book, How Four Feet of Plywood Saved the Grand Canyon, by Jerry Borrowman is definitely historical, so I thought it would be fun to have her do a guest review from a historian's perspective.

"When I first encountered the title of this book, I thought that I wasn't necessarily very interested in plywood or the history of the Grand Canyon. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book covers a variety of topics throughout history and presents them in a way that can even make Yellowstone an absorbing read. The author does a great job of combining narrative, quotes, and personal experience to create a book that the most amateur of historians can enjoy. Jerry Borrowman demonstrates a vast knowledge in his writing, especially a geographical knowledge, and you can definitely tell he has a love for what he is writing about. After almost every story, he writes about his experience with the event or how it became interesting to him. It makes the reader think of historical events in their life and how it has impacted them and learn from Borrowman's first person point of view.

My favorite story was the early career of Abraham Lincoln and the case that put him in position to run for the president of the United States of America. We are all familiar with stories of Honest Abe, but honestly I had never thought about his career before his presidential campaign. His rise to fame makes you appreciate him even more as a person, as Borrowman highlights things that make him an even more likeable man.

The church historian inside me was waiting the whole book for an LDS shoutout, and I was finally satisfied when the author wrote about the Mormons and the transcontinental railroad. He highlights Brigham Young and the history of the saints as he discusses their help in the huge project that caused celebrations all over the country.

After reading this book, I can't wait to awe my friends and family with little known facts and stories. If your inner geography or geology buff is looking for is looking for its next thrilling read, look no further."

Don't forget to scroll down to enter the giveaway!

You can buy your copy here

Here's the back copy:

History turns on small points. From the world’s most catastrophic game of chicken to the nail-biting success story at the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, discover fascinating events you’ve probably never heard of. In this compilation of eight true stories from the forgotten pages of history, learn about disasters caused by human error as well as calamities avoided by quick and clever thinking—the lawsuit that launched Abraham Lincoln’s political career, the collapse of the Teton Dam, the invention that revolutionized the world of sound, and more. This book is truly love at first sight for lovers of history.

Here is the blog tour schedule so you can see what everyone else is saying!

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