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American Connections: The Founding Fathers. Networked. Paperback – July 3, 2007
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Instead, Burke attempts to draw a line through history from each individual Founding Father to something or someone today that has the same name, utilising links along the lines of "this person knew another person who knew..." etc. Sometimes these links are tenuous at best, and each individual only gets a few paragraphs devoted to them, at most. After a few of these "connections" you comletely forget who Burke started with.
The historical trivia you get along the way isn't bad, though, as long as you like that sort of thing. It would probably work well as a humorous TV show for the History Channel. But it isn't really a history book. What it would work best as is a "bathroom reader," as long you put a sticky note on the cover informing your guests that it doesn't matter what chapter (or even page) they start on.
I think Burke would have been better served with a different title or tagline: "A humorous search for the Founding Fathers today" might have worked better.
Great trivia for parties!
Really enjoyed it.
Disappointing, but I still look forward to his next novel.
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I enjoy the way James Burke gives his twist on historical facts and gives us the dirt behind the scenes! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Randee
Waving of hands is done so much that, if I didn't trust Burke's knowledge of history, he would sound like a disgruntled undergraduate with many facts and little hope.Published on June 20, 2011 by B