Paradise Alley

Paradise Alley

by Kevin Baker
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Paradise Alley 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book twice and plan to read it again in a couple of years. I'm captivated by the setting, the period, and the characters. This is just a great book that is thoughtfully written and carefully researched. Did you know that bankers in NYC would place bets on the outcome of Civil War battles?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevin Baker has done a remarkable job of bringing back to life a part of New York's and America's history in his marvelous 'Paradise Alley'. Unlike other books of historical fiction, Mr. Baker does not bog down the reader by impressing him/her with his research. The story and characters come first, and this is what separates Mr. Baker from other writers of historical fiction. Pick up this terrific book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paradise Alley is one of the best new novels of the year. Set in the Civil War years, the author brings the characters to life.
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Richard Jones More than 1 year ago
great prose detailing an important historical time. one of my top ten favs
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Guest More than 1 year ago
enjoyed the book. it took a little time to retain all the characters as each one is an individual chapter and the chapters alternate back and forth between these individuals and the events and circumstances associated with them. interesting as a Canadian to learn that in Lincoln's war an individual with $300.00 could buy his way out of military service by paying some poor individual to take his place...things really have not changed that much in the last 150 years. a good read...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction and who is better to write one than a historian. The narrative form in this novel is superb. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dreamland, an extraordinary work, has found its match in Paradise Alley. Brutal, sometimes to an extreme, is captures a none- too-pretty picture of New York in its most violent age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am captivated by this work. It is historically accurate in every detail. I heartily recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating riveting book. Kevin Baker captures the feeling, look and even the smells of a different New York. I was interested in all the characters and their fates in the tumultuous time of the draft riots. He brought the period alive, and New York itself resonated as the main character.