As Pulitzer Prize-winning author Virginius Dabney wrote, "If you mean to be a historical figure, it is a good idea to get in touch with a leading literary figure - a Longfellow, a Homer, or a Vergil." As Dabney points out, Paul Revere, Odysseus, and Aeneas "all took this precaution."
But what about the bona fide VIPs who no one wrote about? What about the blunders and tragedies downplayed or covered up by the press or the government? What about "the most famous person you've never heard of "? Not to worry, gentle reader, those stories are gathered here at last! Historian Martin W. Sandler's Lost to Time astounds and entertains - and and even challenges some long-held notions - as it reveals the world-changing personalities, achievements, and disasters "that history forgot." What a perfect present for well-read history buffs: "new" history! (CH)