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by Dave Norman

In this fascinating look at White River Junction, Dave Norman relates the history of this Vermont river town to the country at large. He puts faces, names, and anecdotes to the forces shaping the American Century. The village was settled at the junction of two rivers. Two railroad lines replaced the barge traffic, and now, two interstates make White River three times a junction. This remarkable book looks at how the town--and America-- changed through these transportation eras...and presents the lives of four locals to see how individual people are affected by technology, culture, and economics. The first five chapters tell the town's story through histories of the railroad, a hotel, a grocery, and a bakery, and an intimate portrait of New England found on the backs of postcards. The remaining chapters introduce residents whose life stories show a town--and country--in transition while begging the question, what makes a Vermonter?
Download White River Junctions epub
ISBN: 0983185808
ISBN13: 978-0983185802
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Dave Norman
Language: English
Publisher: f/64 Publishing (January 1, 2011)
Pages: 300 pages
ePUB size: 1978 kb
FB2 size: 1765 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 373
Other Formats: lit docx lrf azw

This is a very special book. As I was reading it, I found myself thinking that if a book were written about the place or person in the world that is closest to my heart, this is the way I would hope for it to be written. The author, Dave Norman, is an appreciator of the American scene in the tradition of the late, much-missed Charles Kuralt (whose "On the Road with Charles Kuralt" remains one of the most treasured items on my bookshelf). But, where Kuralt's strength was in crafting magnificently-rendered vignetttes, "White River Junctions" is more comprehensive in its approach while retaining a similarly high level of craftsmanship. I highly recommend it.
With a busy schedule I rarely have the time, interest or concentration to finish a book. I love history but most of what I have learned is through textbooks or The History Channel. Those are decent ways to learn but unless you have an extravagant imagination, you cannot put yourself there. "White River Junctions" is a refreshing change of pace! One thing that kept me engaged in the book was the imagery. It was easy to imagine that I was seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling everything for myself. It did not seem like I was simply reading the text on the page. I am impressed by how Dave Norman shares historical facts while demonstrating multiple points of view- by figuratively traveling through time himself and by speaking with people who lived through it.

White River Junctions is a must-read!
I've lived in the area for years and I thought there was a lot of local color was more generic than I would have liked.
I received a copy of White River Junctions as an Early Reviewers book from Librarything. I love railroads and I live in Vermont, so I thought it would be a really interesting read. It has its moments. The book is divided into two sections: one discusses the historical buildings of White River Junction; the second is a collection of interviews with local residents. If you want to learn more about this historic Vermont town and the struggles it and its people have a gone through, this is a decent overview of the subject (I like his descriptions of the town and the old buildings), but the lack of fact-checking is a major problem. As mentioned by other reviewers at Librarything, Norman takes all the information he's collected from various sources and throws it in the mix without any corroboration. I was especially annoyed by the unchallenged statement that unions ruined the railroads. I was especially amused by his taking at face value a 19th century town history's statements concerning family origins and battles with Native Americans. Norman even has the nerve to claim that, even though there is some discrepancy with listed birthyears and events, the story must be true! As a genealogist who knows from experience that those old town histories can't be trusted, I had to laugh. These are just two examples.

I think there is the potential of a good book here. White River Junction's history is interesting and multifaceted. I wish Norman had taken more time to develop a cohesive theme and had done his homework. Sadly, though, it reads more like one of those old town histories than it should to be taken seriously.
Again Dave pulls me in from the foreword with a team of horses the size and power of elephants into a his wonderful storytelling as only he can. He makes me smile and cry and touches my soul with his recounts of people, places and things. My advice to you, "ya just gotta read it to understand." Enjoy another great Dave Norman adventure. It's worth every penny and every minute!
Like most students, in history classes I heard the usual bird's-eye view of history, but this book makes the connection to the ground level. We see how history shaped people's lives, understand how and why they responded, and see how their reactions in turn shaped subsequent history. White River Junctions sets the reader thinking about history from a whole new perspective that makes much more sense and is much more interesting than the story the textbooks tell. You'll never look at your own hometown the same way again.