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Best Modern History of Boston Ever,
This review is from: Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families (Paperback)
In you are interested in modern Boston history, and why Boston is the way it is, there is no better book. The subject of this book is busing, but that is only one (important) element of the book. Excellent, well-researched overview of Boston's different ethnic clans, geography, religious groups (the most fascinating history of the Boston Roman Catholic Church I have ever read), and Boston culture. Extremely well-written.
I've lived in Massachusetts/Boston my entire life. I regret not reading this book earlier.
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Brian A. Glennon says:
COMMON GROUND was a poorly written contrivance of mytho-history and anecdotes used as evidence. The suicide J. Anthony Lukas was not a historian nor was he a consciencious sifter of evidence, but a clumsy propagandist at the expense of decent Boston residents. COMMON GROUND has no literary merit.
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