If you want a breezy recanting of the opinions of shallow people--this is it. I'm used to McCullough doing bio's in depth on people of substance--Truman, Adams, etc. If you want a study in how shallow and trivial the literary and arts crowd can be by comparison to people of real world accomplishments...
There may be too much detail in places but the story is a real one and exactly as the author proposed to write it. This pioneer story is especially interesting becaue of the perspective of the child. Great story.
Well read, well written, and inspiring. Not to mention a challenging story of a congressman with a conscience.
This book would be more honestly titled "Walter Isaacson's political opinions about everything". There are sketches in the book but only as context for Walter to opine about current events and how he would have done things had he been king of the world. You won't be surprised to learn that he thinks George Bush is really evil and Obama might be the Messiah. Maybe that is the intended slant for sales purposes. Well read, however.
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