50gI have learned that one of the best ways to appreciate history is to visit the places where it happened (like, say, The Alamo). Such is the idea behind today’s Read, 50 Great American Places – Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. by Brent D. Glass. More than a guidebook or travelogue, 50 Great American Places is an amazing resource guide to the places, structures and landmarks that tell the story of our great country.

About 50 Great American Places – Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. by Brent D. Glass: “A one-of-a-kind guide to fifty of the most important cultural and historic sites in the United States guaranteed to fascinate, educate, and entertain—selected and described by the former director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. From Massachusetts to Florida to Washington to California, 50 Great American Places takes you on a journey through our nation’s history. Sharing the inside stories of sites as old as Mesa Verde (Colorado) and Cahokia (Illinois) and as recent as Silicon Valley (California) and the Mall of America (Minnesota), each essay provides the historical context for places that represent fundamental American themes: the compelling story of democracy and self-government; the dramatic impact of military conflict; the powerful role of innovation and enterprise; the inspiring achievements of diverse cultural traditions; and the defining influence of the land and its resources. Expert historian Brent D. Glass explores these themes by connecting places, people, and events and reveals a national narrative that is often surprising, sometimes tragic, and always engaging—complete with photographs, websites for more information, and suggestions for other places nearby worth visiting.”

50 Great American Places is a great read, whether or not you ever plan to visit any of the sites. But don’t take my word for it, the great author and historian David McCullough was so taken by the book’s concept, he contributed the forward.

50 Great American Places – Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. by Brent D. Glass is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.