|Jumbo's Hide, Elvis's Ride, and the Tooth of Buddha:
More Marvelous Tales of Historical Artifacts
The book behind the History Channel's new series, "History's Lost and Found."
Following on his acclaimed Lucy's Bones, Sacred Stones and Einstein's Brain, the insatiably curious Harvey Rachlin tells the fascinating and often hilarious tales of forty more historical artifacts, ranging from the obscure to the majestic. Each of these objects is a tangible piece of history, with its own story to tell, a story that opens a window to the past, giving us a glimpse into the time from which it came and the people whose lives it affected.
After three blockbuster specials in 1998, "History's Lost and Found," based on Rachlin's writing, premiered as a weekly prime-time show in August, 1999. Whether tracing the four existing original copies of the Magna Carta, or recounting the mad police search to recover Marilyn Monroe's white dress from The Seven-Year Itch, Rachlin presents a wonderfully diverse range of tales of historical artifacts.
"A bodacious artifactual romp through history."
"Rachlin's masterful grasp of the material, his employment of rich historical context and his storytelling flair make history come alive."
Published March 2001
by Henry Holt and Co.
paperback / 372 pages