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Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity Paperback – May 24, 2011
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“Many readers will wish they had a high-school English teacher as cheery and engaged as Foster.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Foster is a witty, quirkily provocative, and perceptive literary critic.” (Publishers Weekly)
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While all of Foster's chapters are excellent, I felt he truly shined in his discussions of American poetry. Perhaps that's because I need more help with poetry, or the fact that he can actually dissect complete poems (which he has room to provide).
All in all, highly recommended if your interests lie in this direction. I'd give it 41/2 stars. Since the only rating out there has 1 star, and I need to round in one direction or the other, I'm rounding up to 5 in order to help out the average.
He does not indiscriminately uphold the reviewed books as great. For example, he dislikes "The Scarlet Letter."
Foster writes with humor and energy, keeping the book interesting. This is not a plodding textbook.
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Horrible! How ironic that a book on books that shaped America can be so bad. This is drivel, written at a high school level, and seems like it was a lecture by a prof trying to be... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Historian
This book ws given as a gift. It arrived to us a perfect shape. However, we haven't heard whether it was interesting to the reader or not.Published on January 18, 2013 by Janet R. Blake
Great choice, loved the gift! Still in the process of reading it, but so far he is thoroughly enjoying itPublished on December 28, 2012 by Pellican