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“Nudged forward by Paul Johnson's consummate storytelling, the reader plunges headlong into the raging torrents of antebellum America, where manly artisans thrash about with scheming capitalists, incorrigible wastrels with prim reformers. Having taken the leap, the reader will find, as did Sam Patch, that you cannot go back. This is a wonderful, clever book.” ―Mark C. Carnes, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of History, Barnard College, Columbia University
“With this little masterpiece, Paul Johnson proves yet again that he is one of the greatest artists currently writing history anywhere. Scholar, stylist, and intellectual daredevil, Johnson brings to life a forlorn and intrepid American hero--and an entire era in our past--while operating at the highest levels of subtlety, wit, and seriousness. Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper contains the kind of genius one expects from fine literature as well as from fine history. It is stunning.” ―Sean Wilentz, Princeton University
“On Friday, November 13, 1829, a cheering crowd watched a drunken factory hand named Sam Patch step bravely off the top of Genesee Falls at Rochester, New York--and vanish into legend. In this compact masterpiece of historical detective work, Paul E. Johnson manages both to bring this unlikely early American hero back to vivid life, and to say a good many fresh and provocative things about Jacksonian America, the industrial revolution and the cult of celebrity.” ―Geoffrey C. Ward, author of A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Johnson uses Sam Patch to channel his search for Jackson's America. Johnson explores all things wherever Sam Patch leads him, from the beginning of the end of the agrarian life in... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Paul Pfefferkorn
One of the most enjoyable books I was required to read for the semester.Published 4 months ago by Tracy Ansley
I would give this book no stars if that was possible. It was an assignment for History. The author prattles on incessantly. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tammy Moseley
Great book, I had to get it for class. To my surprise, I enjoyed reading it!Published 5 months ago by Beverly A.
The book arrived in great condition and was as advertised. Thank you for the packing.Published 9 months ago by Paperose
Not a fan. The author tends towards bringing characters in and out and naming a lot of obsolete and obscure towns names which makes following whats going on difficult. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Benjamin Miner
Beware of fake reviews on this book - several are clearly fake, including one review by an "Amazon Top Reviewer" who has posted hundreds of reviews that are all 5 star... Read morePublished 23 months ago by E. Nelson