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"World War II: Saving the Reality uniquely captures the experience of this monumental conflict. Along with compelling narrative and never-before-published photographs, you'll hold replicas of nearly one hundred wartime artifacts: letters from the front, autographed portraits of commanding generals, urgent communiqués, Nazi propaganda, historic newspapers, Top Secret instructions, patriotic posters, and more. These pieces of history, from the archives of the famous Museum of World War II, are tucked and folded into envelopes and pockets within the massive, boxed collector's book. Pulitzer Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin calls it remarkable and praises its emotional journey back in time. Phil Reed OBE, a director of the Imperial War Museum in London, says “Kenneth Rendell’s Museum of World War II simply has no equal. The museum can at last be widely enjoyed through this volume."
- Whitman Publishing, LLC
“The book discusses the reasons why collectors acquire these tangible links to the people they admire; the material available on the market; the people who are attracted to the field; where manuscripts are to be found; the detection of forgeries; ways in which the value of documents is determined; and the care and preservation of collections.
“Rendell also provides a mass of information of the type, availability, and rarity of autograph material for more than one thousand prominent personalities in various subject areas—American history, including an in-depth coverage of presidential material; English, French, and other European political and military history, including World War II; music, art, literature, and the performing arts; and other areas, including science, business, exploration, religion, law, and sports.
“Rendell’s comprehensive reference work, augmented by its lavish illustrations, is the result of thirty-five years of experience and accumulated knowledge. Rare document dealers and collectors, both novice and expert, as well as historians, librarians, and general readers will reach frequently for this essential book.”
— University of Oklahoma Press
“Focusing on three of the most skillful and notorious forgeries of modern times, Kenneth W. Rendell compellingly demonstrates that the authentication of historical documents and letters depends on analysis rather than intuition.
"Rendell begins by showing the reader paired examples of writing of historical figures (such as George Washington, Richard Wagner, and Charles Dickens) and then demonstrating which of each pair is genuine and which forged.
“Building the reader’s confidence in his method, Rendell then presents four extremely well-executed forgeries from the past, ostensibly written by Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Robert Burns, approaching each from a different technical viewpoint. When compared with genuine examples, however, their flaws are immediately apparent.
“The book culminates in an analysis of three major forgeries of recent times—the Hitler diaries, the Mormon letters, and the Jack the Ripper diary. Mixing technical details with anecdotes based on his own involvement in the investigation of each document, Rendell discusses the psychological reasons that the forgeries succeeded for as long as they did.”
– University of Oklahoma Press
“The collection is about seeing the world of pioneers through their eyes; the books they read that influenced them to go west; the letters they wrote at the time about their hopes, plans, and experiences; and the artifacts that represented their everyday activities as well as special events. No one can ever re-create the anxiety that people in the past have felt and few present-day historians seem to appreciate the importance of the sense of hope that the perceived opportunities in the West meant to real people at the time.”
— Kenneth W. Rendell
“The Western Pursuit of the American Dream: Selections from the Collection of Kenneth W. Rendell…. succeeds in giving a sense of the struggle to tame the gorgeous wilderness that stretched beyond the tidy civilizations of the east…. It’s worth spending time with.”
— New York Times
“The migration of the American people to the West has often been associated with the quest for the American Dream. In The Western Pursuit of the American Dream, Kenneth W. Rendell, renowned dealer in Americana, draws on his extensive collection to tell the story of the West through surviving words and artifacts.
“Rendell’s collection is both eclectic and comprehensive. His book includes examples of artwork, clothing, currency, furs, historical documents, jewelry, musical instruments, stagecoaches, weapons, and more. Accompanying the illustrations are passages from early letters, journals, books, and other documents.
"Rendell also provides useful information regarding the market for similar artifacts.
“With more than five hundred color illustrations, this volume is a notable resource on the history of the West and a testimony to one man’s pursuit of an American dream.”
– University of Oklahoma Press
Selected by the American Library Association as one of the Outstanding Reference books of its year, it was the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject up to that time, with chapters by leading authorities on all aspects of collecting. Sponsored by the Manuscript Society, of which Kenneth Rendell is a former President.
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