Reviews by strubinger
Good history of the period
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This book is not an easy read but Adams led a fantastic life and it gives an excellent account of the events of the post Constitution period thru the Mexican War. His predictions have come to be real. His laments are so similar to today (too many lawyers and a Congress that was deeply divided.
Rankin revisited
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I haven't read Rankin for some time but was glad to find this one. Rebus is at his best in sniffing out the solution to a case with many problems; almost uncanny. A good read; too bad Rebus is bumping with retirement. Hope there is at least one more book like this one yet to come.
Reading this book and also "The Outport" is the greatest indictment of our fumbling and bumbling in Afghanistan that I've real. No wonder we are hated and now we can see where all the cash we have been shoveling into that area has bought us nothing but grief (in all forms).
I just happened to see a stack of these books waiting to be read on a chance visit to the library. The whole book is a gem of information not only on the food habits of a series of European immigrants but also of how they lived and work in the time period of about 1850 to the 20s. A very interesting read.
An Era to Remember
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To cover fully 80+ years of Americans in Paris is impossible. McCullough has given us a taste of the famous ojnes first from the 1830s and later the 1870s. Many events in Paris not generally before revealed here. A good read.