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Captured by History : One Mans Vision of Our Tumultuous Century


ISBN 10: 0312154909 / ISBN 13: 9780312154905
Published by St Martins Pr June 1997, 1997
Used Condition: Fine (F) Hardcover
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Very collectable condition. Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. 'CAPTURED BY HISTORY is a personal story like none other in recent years, for no historian has had more intimate first-hand dealings with the men and women involved in the greatest events of our century than John Toland. Bookseller Inventory # 20081022103549

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Title: Captured by History : One Mans Vision of Our...

Publisher: St Martins Pr June 1997

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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At age 84, Pulitzer Prize-winning (for Infamy: The Rising Sun ) historian John Toland reveals in his autobiography how he was able to access and capture the essence of so many key players and events of the 20th century: e.g. interviewing the emperor of Japan, Hitler's inner circle, and secret Chinese contacts regarding the Korean and Vietnam Wars. All these achievements from a man who begins his story: "I was what the world would term a failure until I was forty-two." But revealingly, he continues: "But I did not regard myself as a failure; I learned from every mistake as best as I could." Toland also credits his early playwriting experience for his highly readable dramatic exposition of history. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.


John Toland has always been a somewhat controversial figure in historical circles. A writer of biographies and histories, Toland has no formal training in history--no advanced degrees, and not even an undergraduate course to his name. Yet his biography of Hitler, his Pulitzer Prize-winning history of Japan, and his chronicles of World War II have earned him the respect and support of his many readers, if not always of his peers. Captured by History is Toland's retrospective of his own life, times, and work.

Toland makes no pretense of being a professional historian. His earliest aspirations, it seems, were to become a novelist and playwright. Though he failed in the creative-writing arena, he brought a certain novelistic sensibility to the writing of history. He relied heavily on personal interviews for his information, gladly granting anonymity to his sources--a practice that drove documentation-driven historians wild. His books were structured with drama in mind, and read more like exciting novels than dry history. Though historians sneered, readers embraced him. Toland's memoir, Captured by History, undoubtedly will be welcomed by his many fans.

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