A gift idea for history lovers (and haters?)

History is not about dates and quotes and obscure provisos. History is about life, about change, about consequences, cause and effect. It’s about the mystery of human nature, the mystery of time, and it isn’t just about politics and the military and social issues, which is almost always the way it’s taught. It’s about music and poetry and drama and science and medicine and money and love.

— David McCullough

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you know that I’m a hands-on learner. You also know that I have a new book out about various fascinating projects I’ve worked on over twenty years as a public historian at some of America’s most popular history museums. I describe the book as part insider perspective, part scholarship and part memoir. The bottom line is it’s eclectic, but filled with stories that resonate with Americans everywhere. Stories you probably didn’t know about the cotton gin or the Star-Spangled Banner or that icon of the American West, the buffalo. Plus stories about Lewis and Clark, highwheel bicycles, mules, airmail pilots, Charles Lindbergh, John Brown, historic houses, and history reenactors, and more.

My goal was to write a fun book that shows that history is anything but boring and to convert a few “history haters” along the way.

Some recent satisfied readers:

“First of all I’m not, definitely not, a history geek! History was my worst subject in school by far…So the fact that Tim Grove was able to convey his enthusium for history to me is pretty amazing. This guy looovvveeesss history!” — Barb on goodreads

“I’m not even interested in American history, but Grove knows what stuff to talk about to make it interesting. He has a really good grasp of what the average American knows about U.S. history, and he’s able to make that knowledge seem new and relevant.”  — Things Matter: History, pop culture and a sci-fi novel blog

Check out the book website at:


Washington Post review

Washington Independent Review of Books review

About Tim

Author, public historian, and consultant. Author site: timgrove.net - My fifth book, Star Spangled: The Story of a Flag, a Battle, and the American Anthem, was published in May 2020. Consulting site: grovehistoryconsulting.com I specialize in exhibition development, interpretive planning, education strategy, and history relevance. I'm passionate about helping history organizations of all sizes and kinds make history more relevant for their communities and the people they engage with. I'm happy to consider many types of writing projects for informal learning organizations. Reach me at tim@grovehistoryconsulting.com or authortimgrove@gmail.com
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1 Response to A gift idea for history lovers (and haters?)

  1. Jonathan Perry says:

    Excellent site. I’d like to get in touch again.

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