"It’s a book I’ll turn to often for research, and more often for pleasure. Eyewitness to America is the best American collection on my shelf."
"A highly entertaining look at American history, a varied, imaginatively selected panorama … The result is a feeling for history that is both immediate and dramatic … a wonderful collection."
"There is merit in having books on the bedside table that . . . inform and amuse. Collections of familiar short stories and essays–Somerset Maugham,John Updike on golf–can fit the bill well. . . . Eyewitness to America comes into the same category. . . . There are some lovely literary gems."
"This book is something of a miracle…This is a mother lode of historical lore, up close and personal as the saying goes. Thumbing through its selections can be a giddy experience."
–The Richmond Times Dispatch
"The success of Eyewitness to America lies in its editor’s sensitive and often humorous selection…the variety mirrors the diversity of America."
"A masterpiece. If you’re a student of American history, then Eyewitness to America is required reading."
—The Charleston Post & Courier
"Through 300 firsthand impressions gathered from sources such as diaries, letters, interviews, and memoirs, this title looks at many facets, innovations, and changes that have shaped our society. Rather than just presenting the cold, hard facts that so many reference sources offer students, this text allows them to see and hear the emotions of such events as a Salem ‘witch’ begging for mercy, a Native American’s account of the massacre at Wounded Knee, and Rosa Parks’s account of her
arrest. Each entry begins with brief background information including the role of the author. The index provides access through topics, authors, and key people. Presented in chronological order from Columbus’s discovery of America to the sending of the first e-mail, this is an excellent resource."
—School Library Journal
"Eyewitness to America is an excellent resource for classroom teachers of American History…. I recommend it highly."
–Gloria Sesso, President, Organization of History Teachers