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Secret History II: Stories About Knoxville, Tennessee Paperback – November 20, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scruffy City Publishing; 1 edition (November 20, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0965042618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965042611
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,158,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al B. on November 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Writing quality: 5 stars Entertainment value: 5 stars Historical accuracy: 5 stars Educational value masquerading as fun: 5 stars
Every city should have a Jack Neely. This book consists of 1 to 3 page vignettes of local, often-offbeat history of Knoxville, Tennessee. Most were originally published in MetroPulse, the town's alternative newspaper. (For a sample of his work, his latest column can usually be found on the newspaper's web site.)
Neely is insightful in his choice of topics and his historical accuracy is top-notch. While focused on Knoxville, Neely ties his stories into broader trends in Southern and US history. Reading this book, you get a feeling for what daily life was really like in small American cities at various times in the past.
Neely has two of these books, Secret History and Secret History II
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Whittle on February 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you liked vol. 1, then here's more of the same great stories about that "scruffy little city" in the middle of East Tennessee. Neely not only knows his stuff, but he also has a great way with words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Kramer on January 5, 2015
Format: Paperback
This entertaining and informative. Most of the history here takes place before the Great Depression, but it's fascinating as a person who lives in Knoxville today to learn about people who are buried in the Old Gray cemetery, what some of the statues and fountains around town mean, and about the basic character of the city and how it hasn't really changed over the centuries. This is a great read for local people, but may not mean as much to people who do not or have not lived in Knoxville, as it makes a lot of very specific local references and assumes that the reader gets them, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2000
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This book should be required reading for anyone from Fountain City to Cherokee Blvd.
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