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Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal Paperback – December 15, 2006
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--Library of Congress, Center for the Book
This book offers a vivid picture of the unique career of a New Englander who was a pioneer in the diplomatic field in French West Africa.
--Carol Kimball, The Day, New London, Conn.
This is a great new historical source for Senegal, and for 19th century American shipping, trade, and foreign relations.
--L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, University of Delaware Library
Grant's careful blending of historical hindsight with Strickland's own words brings enormous value to our understanding of U.S. diplomacy. --Aaron Chassy, Foreign Service Journal
Stephen Grant has done a masterful job of weaving the strands and evidence of a multitalented individual's life into a coherent collage with his biography. --Mary-Charlotte Shealy
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Grant's account is objective yet sympathetic to his subject. He reveals a hard-working man, who managed to survive as an entrepreneur despite receiving no salary as consul, despite competition from the colonial powers taking over West Africa, and despite personal tragedy in a troubled marriage and the death of his oldest son by drowning in 1888 as he served as Vice Consul to his father.Read more ›
Strickland kept a diary most of his life, and the author includes many excerpts to give us a flavor of his ideas in the context of his times. Along with a discussion of the primary sources on Strickland's life, he leaves us with the intriguing thought that some volumes of Strickland's diary are missing and could still turn up. If they do, they might add some details to his life, but they won't change the picture Stephen Grant has given us of a unique individual
Grant not only tells a good tale, but he has made excellent use of a significant trove of historical materials in doing so, conducting extensive research on two continents, examining volumes of archival records and poring over Strickland's six decades of personal journals. Through this respected writer, the story of a man who started out as a cabin boy and came to represent the United States in an important outpost overseas is made both entertaining and informative. I highly recommend it to anybody interested in the era and in the twists and turns one's life can take.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A true story that opened my eyes to 19th century sea travel and geography as well as life in New England. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Steve Grant's biography is a little gem. The preface tells of the author's search for his subject and reads with the pace and surprise of a treasure hunt. Read morePublished on March 18, 2007 by Sam Rea
I had the pleasure to assist (in a small way) author Stephen Grant in some of his research for this book, and the result is a fascinating read regardless of whether your interests... Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by Shaun D. Mullen