Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children Dorie McCullough Lawson Posterity Letters of Great Americans to Their Children An elegantly designed beautifully composed volume of personal letters from famous American men and women that celebrates the American Experience and illuminates the rich history of some of America s
  • Title: Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children
  • Author: Dorie McCullough Lawson
  • ISBN: 9780385503303
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Hardcover
Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children Dorie McCullough LawsonAn elegantly designed, beautifully composed volume of personal letters from famous American men and women that celebrates the American Experience and illuminates the rich history of some of America s most storied families.Posterity is at once an epistolary chronicle of America and a fascinating glimpse into the hearts and minds of some of history s most admired figuresAn elegantly designed, beautifully composed volume of personal letters from famous American men and women that celebrates the American Experience and illuminates the rich history of some of America s most storied families.Posterity is at once an epistolary chronicle of America and a fascinating glimpse into the hearts and minds of some of history s most admired figures Spanning than three centuries, these letters contain enduring lessons in life and love, character and compassion that will surprise and enlighten Included here are letters from Thomas Jefferson to his daughter, warning her of the evils of debt General Patton on D Day to his son, a cadet at West Point, about what it means to be a good soldier W.E.B DuBois to his daughter about character beneath the color of skin Oscar Hammerstein about why, after all his success, he doesn t stop working Woody Guthrie from a New Jersey asylum to nine year old Arlo about universal human frailty sixty five year old Laura Ingalls Wilder s train of thought about her pioneer childhood Eleanor Roosevelt chastising her grown son for his Christmas plans and Groucho Marx as a dog to his twenty five year old son With letters that span than three centuries of American history, Posterity is a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, wisdom, and family lives of those whose public accomplishments have touched us all Here are renowned Americans in their own words and in their own times, seen as they were seen by their children Here are our great Americans as mothers and fathers.
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  1. What a moving book I loved reading the honest voices of these great men and women sharing their love, advice, faith, and humor, then signing so sweetly, With Tenderest Affection, Daddy or mommy The letters weren t all sweet, however, many also were harsh reprimands I enjoyed the introduction bios just as much as the letters It was interesting to find out about their accomplishments along with their personal lives and the circumstances surrounding the letters My complaint is that the letters were [...]

  2. I accidentally deleted this book from my list What This is the perfect book for a person with the desire to start reading biographies It is organized by subject which is nice because the letters needn t be read in order Also, it isn t filled with the minutia which can be intimidating to some readers Each letter is preceded by a brief history about the person writing and the person receiving the letter the history also provides a backdrop to the letter and offers the reader a glimpse as to why it [...]

  3. Another Book Club book I love David McCullough so I was excited to read something by his daughter It took me a little while to get into reading a book in letter format and I did find a few of the letters to be a little boring but on the whole, I loved it The letters range from funny, to ironic Thomas Jefferson lecturing his daughter on the evils of debt to touching and tragic A great book.

  4. Great mix of past and recent historical figures Some very surprising insights to people you think you knew.

  5. Loved this book George HW Bush has the best letter near the end Shows the value of letters and the relationships between great and their children.

  6. This is such a great collection of letters I love writing and receiving letters and believe that it is becoming a lost art This book demonstrates why it shouldn t.

  7. An intriguing peak into the lives of people who had great impact on American culture I find it interesting that many of these writers are imploring their own children to listen to their advice which is so easily followed in their positions of power or influence My favorite letters are by George and Barbara Bush and Eddie Rickenbacker.

  8. This book was all right I wish that I could have read a little about who some of these people are It was also sad to read some of these letters My favorite letter was the one that Barbara Bush wrote to her kids I m glad that this book ended with that one.

  9. What a wonderful book Posterity is one of my all time favorite reads The author is David McCullough s daughter pedigree As the subtitle says, she has collected letters from great Americans to their children I got this as a present from my own amazing daughter pedigree in reverse, ha Thanks, Hol If you have kids, then this is powerful reading The letters are quite personal and intimate Nearly all the letters are than a century old, and nearly all the letter writers are famous or rich or powerful [...]

  10. It s an anthology, and, as such, the quality is uneven Each reader will have his or her personal favorites For me, Ansel Adams to Michael Adams p 14 was the most touching If ever I can write a sentence with so perfect and beautiful an image, then my writing life will be complete I am wondering, in the afternoon of my life, just what your day will be Not far behind on my scale of enjoyment was N.C Wyeth to Nat and Caroline Wyeth about his grandson Newell p 35 I appreciated the practical wisdom of [...]

  11. This compilation of letters gives us a glimpse into the hearts and homes of some very public figures Some of them were wonderful parents, others not so much Some were very close to their children, others had little contact with them My impression is that all of these parents, sooner or later, realized their responsibility toward their children, and that the bond between them was precious Reading these personal letters made me nostalgic for the time when our thoughts were carefully written on a s [...]

  12. This kind of book is best read slowly, when you have a little time here and a little time there I read it for book club so felt an urgency to finish is quickly I don t think it s meant to be read quickly I didn t know or had never heard of A LOT of these Great American s some of them were poets and artist and most of them came from the 1700 s and 1800 s The general theme was that these people ADORED their children, even expressing that kind of adoration when they were significantly older Most of [...]

  13. This is a beautiful book that gives a rare glimpse of the lives of great Americans Just about every subject is raised Character, money management, aging, family relationships In short, everything that regular Americans experience Some of the insights into the lives of these people that surprised me are as follows General Pershing lost his wife and three daughters in a fire in 1915 and the only child living was his son Warren whom he chastized about his grades He was worried he wouldn t make it i [...]

  14. I really appreciated this book, not only as a unique way to understand American History, but also as a way to introduce young people to using primary sources And within the history, what you are learning about, is not the events, but rather the people who lived those events It is a view right into their hearts as individuals I am a firm believer that history is best looked at in personal way, and this makes it highly personal.This is both a history book and a writing book These are personal lett [...]

  15. I love reading personal writing letters or journals and this was a collection of great people I only read through some of them before my library borrowing time ran out, but want to read I just wish they would have included some pictures of the real letters and penmanship Or, packaged it in a way where one page has a picture of the letter and the other has a transcription.

  16. It was ok sums this book up pretty well It depended a little too much on the letters themselves to carry the whole theme I rather enjoyed the little introductory paragraphs about each person and the background surrounding the letter.

  17. A respectable first book by the daughter of one of America s premier historians, David McCullough The letters chosen reflect intelligent researching and presentation, and provide inspiration and insight to the challenges faced by parents and their children in all ages.

  18. May 2015 Book Club Some treasures, some duds, nice bedtime book Keep it by your bed and read a little here there and then drift off to sleep.

  19. The letters offers lessons in life, love, character, and compasion that surprise and enlighten the reader.

  20. I listened to an interview with the author on NPR She read a letter from Woody Guthrie to his son Arlo and I just sobbed.

  21. I especially enjoyed Teddy Roosevelt s letters, which surprised me And who knew that Jack London was such an SOB at least to his daughter

  22. I listened to this book.Not that entertaining but some interesting letters of counsel or comfort written by famous people to their children.

  23. This book is a really interesing, an insight into the minds of the men and women who ruled in the old days.

  24. A wonderful collection of intimate conversations between historic families My favorite was Barbara Bush Keep Trying.

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