It is true, history is written by the winners. I learned hardly anything about the Dutch Settlement of New Amsterdam in high school. (I attended private school, the vast majority of the students were Calvinist Dutch decendents.) I don't remember hearing anything about that Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam covered nearly 5 of the oringal 13 colonies. It is also interesting that the English had to hire Dutch speakers to trade with the Native Americans because that was the only other language with which the Natives were familiar. I thank the author for bringing this research to light.
This book is so good I recommended it to all of my friends and they all found it as great as I did. The character development is superb. You love some of the characters, hate others, pity others. It is one of the most wonderful books I have experienced in many years. Jodi Picoult is a marvelous writer. Since listening to My Sister's Keeper, I have also purchased and enjoyed the other books listed on Audible. This book is a DO NOT MISS.
This is a book I always wanted to read, but could never find the time to sit down and do it. Now, the book is on audio and portable. I usually will listen to a book while going back and forth to work. This book was different. I felt compelled to listen to it from the time I woke up until I reached work and then started in again as soon as the work day was over until I went to sleep. The characters are rich. The ones I felt sorry for at the beginning of the story are the same ones I felt no pity for at the end. I found myself talking back to the book. "What were you thinking." "How could you do that." "You lousy ...." The author put faces to the characters. I feel as though I would recognize them if I passed them in the street. Narration by Christopher Hurt was fantastic. One of the best books I have ever had the opportunity to read or hear.
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