The quirky, pleasurable and endearing hero of Martin's new novella raised first my eyebrows and then my affection. By making the reader the confidant of an obsessive/compulsive savant as he journeys his convoluted but oddly ordered world, the author slowly wins the reader over, walking them from mildly shocked and amused eavesdropper to cheerleader. Quite enjoyable.
The Power of Connection
I could not pick a favorite. The author painted each so fully and lovingly, with strength and foibles, that to pick one would be an injustice to her craft.
He conveyed the emotion and social content that was the central theme which wove together these lives and made this more than a history.
The reconciliation of Taft and Roosevelt.
Doris Kearns Goodwin has a truly unique gift for weaving a tapestry of the connections and interactions of historic and political figures. She portrays how their networks of support, their rivalries and their weaknesses buoy them and drag them down. The human depth and character development she unfolds make her histories a joy to read.
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