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From the PublisherCleveland Plain Dealer If you enjoy good stories well told about interesting people and places, you should read this book. You will learn something about history — and also about good historical writing.
The New York Times Book Review McCullough's portrayals...are models of compression, perspective, and the discriminating use of detail, and of what the author calls "the possibilities for self-expression in writing narrative history."
Dallas Morning News It will come as no surprise to the reader to learn that Mr. McCullough's first ambition was to be a portrait painter. He has supplied us with admirable portraits....All his subjects come alive.