New England

Changes in the Land

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Changes in the Land, Revised Edition: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England Cover Image
By William Cronon, John Demos (Foreword by), William Cronon (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780809016341
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Published: Hill and Wang - September 1st, 2003

If you have little or no knowledge of the history of New England then this is a very interesting starting point. This book will substantially increase your knowledge of the New England landscape from the 1600's to 1800's. It will also provide a glimpse at the lives of Colonists and Native Americans from this era. While I found this book very easy to read I have to admit that the afterward, explaining how the book came to be written, was almost as interesting as the book itself.

The Revolutionary War in Bennington County

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The Revolutionary War in Bennington County: A History & Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596294448
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Published: History Press (SC) - July 1st, 2008

The Revolutionary War in Bennington County is an absolutely dandy book - informative and well illustrated with fascinating photos, great period illustrations, and excellent maps. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

In the Devil's Snare

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In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375706905
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Published: Vintage - October 14th, 2003

The most original - and well-supported - explanation of the insanity in Salem in a very long time - perhaps ever.

Deserves a Pulitzer! It wasn't what they ate. It wasn't teen hysteria. It wasn't feuding villagers and please forget "The Crucible". Brilliant! ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Vintage Vermont Villainies

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Vintage Vermont Villainies: True Tales of Murder & Mystery from the 19th and 20th Centuries Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881507492
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Published: Countryman Press - September 17th, 2007

If you have ever felt that we in Vermont have not had our fair share of tantalizing murders and mysteries, this book will set your mind to rest. Mr. Bellamy chronicles a number of examples of chronic misbehavior and unexplained disappearances amongst the Green Mountains, from the case of Bennington College student, Paula Weldon, who set off one afternoon in 1946 for a hike on the Long Trail and has never been seen again to Mary Rogers, who was summarily hanged for using her feminine charms to persuade two brothers to dispatch her husband. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Western Abenakis of Vermont 1600-1800 Colin G. Calloway - Book Review

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The Western Abenakis of Vermont, 1600-1800, 197: War, Migration, and the Survival of an Indian People (Civilization of the American Indian #197) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780806125688
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - March 15th, 1994

Original Vermonters never sold out, couldn't be removed, and never were defeated...the People of the Dawn are still proud Vermonters. Wonderful history with superb and useful maps, glossary, etc. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

American Bloomsbury

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American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743264624
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2007

What a marvelous job Susan Cheever does of unearthing all the interesting facts and juxtaposing them, so they tell the fascinating story of the American literary stars of mid 19th century Concord and how they intermingled and affected each other. Louisa May Alcott, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller were part of that explosion of ideas and an intellectual community which occurs every so often in history and bequeaths us such a rich literary heritage. I am itching to read again all those works, taking in the context of the real writers Cheever so masterfully describes. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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