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The Good Years: From 1900 to the First World War Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0078X73MU
- Publisher : Open Road Media (March 6, 2012)
- Publication date : March 6, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4053 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 371 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,006 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lord is a very good writer. This is a very broad-brush historical book with no in-depth coverage of any given topic. A fun read for those who like histories which do not dig into every detail.
One technique of Lord is looking at how major stories are covered by different US regional and national papers. His retelling of how little newspaper coverage in the USA about the immediate events which led to WW1 in 1914 was an excellent example.
In recent years a lot of my own reading has focused on World War I and the period leading up to it, and from that standpoint, I particularly enjoyed this book because while the early 20th century was a tense time in Europe, in the United States life was still quite peaceful. Reading this book it's easy to see why it took awhile to get the U.S. involved in what many Americans saw as Europe's war. And, while some chapters were stronger than others, I did learn a few things, including the real reason for Pres. McKinley's death, a better understanding of the brief financial panic of 1907, and a clear accounting of child labor issues. The latter made this book a worthwhile read for me.
But.. the printing and binding are not to a high standard. Two pages (not key to understanding the text) are missing, and some pages have the last letters of each line of text disappearing, as if a photo of the page was cropped just a bit on one side.
So, worth reading, yes. Odd little physical problems, also yes.
Top reviews from other countries
A book well worth reading.