The Hunt for History in the Winnipeg Free Press

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History Hunter Chronicles Fab Finds

Paperbacks By: David Pitt Posted: 4:00 AM CDT Saturday, May. 1, 2021

Nathan Raab has a seriously cool job. He’s the president of the Raab Collection, which specializes in tracking down, authenticating, and selling rare historical documents and artifacts.

Like what, you ask? Like the letter in which Theodore Roosevelt used the phrase “speak softly and carry a big stick” for the first time; or a piece of the first underground wire that brought electricity into a house; or the supposedly lost tapes recorded on board Air Force One after John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas.

Co-written with Luke Barr, 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, 272 pages, $26), is a spellbinding account of Raab’s journey from new guy in the family business to an expert in document authentication — a journey that brought him into contact with some of the world’s most important pieces of history and with an interesting assortment of characters. Neither dry nor dull, the book is jam-packed with fascinating stories.

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