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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael
Ellis Peters
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, by Sean Wilentz

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln - Sean Wilentz

An interesting book, and an ambitious one, but flawed. 

 

Wilentz is seriously in love with Andrew Jackson (to the extent of trying to whitewash the "Trail of Tears" as not that bad for the Cherokee), and, to a lesser extent, Thomas Jefferson.  But obviously Jackson is his culture hero to be worshiped.

 

A secondary issue was that if Wilentz referred to the Democratic Party as "the Democracy" even one more time I was going to slap somebody.  (Probably either Mr. Wilentz, or his editor.)  Yes, I know it's an accurate period usage.  But used consistently over 800+ pages, it became very annoying. 

 

Perhaps I just expected more from a Bancroft Prize winner.  Still worth a read.