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The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675
The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675
by Bernard Bailyn
Edition: Hardcover
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book., December 20, 2012
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This may be the best work of history I've ever read. Surprises on every page, as Professor Bailyn puts together the seemingly-familiar story of colonial America in a new way, showing both the everyday struggles for survival and the broad themes of conquest and colonization. A terrific book, extraordinarily well-written and engaging.


Dorothea Dix: New England Reformer (Harvard Historical Studies)
Dorothea Dix: New England Reformer (Harvard Historical Studies)
by Thomas J. Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $67.50
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New England Reformer, June 1, 2000
These two reviews move me to write. One says that the author gives Dix too much credit and does not paint her sufficiently as a psychotic; the other says the author does not admire Dix enough. These two unbiased readers alone demonstrate that Brown has written a masterly biography of a complex woman in the midst of a turbulent era. Brown's Dix is a complicated and fascinating figure--not a feminist heroine nor a whipping post for the politically correct. Her career has much to teach us about the aspirations and limitations of 19th century reformers. Brown's book, clearly and elegantly written, thoroughly researched, is the best book on 19th-century reform since Lou Masur's Rites of Execution. Brown has recovered Dorothea Dix, not as a 20th-century reader would have liked to have her, but as she really was. This book is a major achievement.
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Dorothea Dix: New England Reformer (Harvard Historical Studies)
Dorothea Dix: New England Reformer (Harvard Historical Studies)
by Thomas J. Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $67.50
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New England Reformer, June 1, 2000
The first reviewer here says that the author, Thomas J. Brown, gives Dix too much credit and does not paint her sufficiently as a psychotic; the second reviewer says Brown does not admire Dix enough. These two reviews demonstrate that Brown has written a masterly biography of a complex woman in the midst of a turbulent era. Brown's Dix is a complicated and fascinating figure--not a feminist heroine nor a whipping post for the politically correct. Her career has much to teach us about the aspirations and limitations of 19th century reformers. Brown's book, clearly and elegantly written, thoroughly researched, is the best book on 19th-century reform since Lou Masur's Rites of Execution. Brown has recovered Dorothea Dix, not as a 20th-century reader would have liked to have her, but as she really was. This book is a major achievement, and would be a terrific reading assignment in any college class.


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