I only got this book because of the author, and he did not fail to deliver. An excellent read that depicts the a fascinating array of subjects not covered in your typical histories. Another wonderful work by America's greatest living historian.
The reader should've familiarized himself with local pronunciations of towns, but otherwise enjoyable.
It's an interesting subject, and the story is reasonably well told.
The author seems to have a higher opinion of his writing skill than his talent warrants. It comes across as informative, but as if it were written by a precocious sophomore. The author takes certain liberties with his assertions from time to time, and clearly bungles his facts once or twice. The book would serve as a nice, if somewhat overwrought introduction to Robert E. Lee, but it produces no new scholarship or substance on the topic.
This is one of the best works of social commentary of the 20th century. What "the jungle" did for the meat packing industry, this book should have done for epidemiology. The audiobook flows nicely, bringing Shilts' prose to life. A must read!
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