The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard JFK’s Air Force One

Scribner. Mar. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9781501198908. $30. HIST
In this part detective story, part history lesson, Raab (The Hunt for History; “Historically Speaking” column, Forbes.com), with cowriter Barr (Ritz & Escoffier), describes how his parents ventured into the autograph and memorabilia business in the mid-1990s, encouraging him to join them. Raab shares his experiences tracking down documents, performing extensive research, and delivering news, both good and bad, to people uncertain if their items have significant historical value. Here, readers gain insight into the adventures of a real-life treasure hunter; Raab’s exploits will remind readers of Indiana Jones or Benjamin Gates of the National Treasure film series. They’ll be amazed by the artifacts Raab comes across, including many that have been passed down from generation to generation.
VERDICT With several chill-inducing moments combined with engaging writing, this book will hold readers’ interest until the last page. May be of particular interest to fans of Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers.

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