As a high school history teacher for the past twenty-five years, I have collected and read hundreds of books pertaining to my subjects taught. On the completion of each book, I would carefully take notes on the most interesting events, quotes, or interpretations that I felt would enhance instruction for my students. After filling numerous notepads of information on over eight hundred books, I contemplated a project of sharing my most interesting findings. The result of this twenty-plus-year project is this book.
This book is divided into sixteen chapters based on the various topics presented. Some chapters contain a small amount of entries such as nicknames, espionage, or labor while chapters on the presidents or quotes will fill over thirty pages. The first chapter puts emphasis on the role my home state of Alabama has played on the national scene. One chapter is entitled "Miscellaneous: Odds and Ends" due to the subject matter not fitting into any other classification.