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Excellent study of how and why our view of national heroes changes over time. However, audio is very disappointing. Joan Waugh's reading is rushed (almost to the point of seeming to have been deliberately faster than "normal" for audio books). In addition, often seems to overlook punctuation or otherwise place emphasis in the wrong part of a long sentence, making the narrative harder to follow. Technical side of the recording also seemed deficient, with some clear editing mistakes and sound that, while acceptable, in some ways doesn't seem up to the standard of most Audible books.
Book rating: four to five stars
Recording/reading: two stars
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I learned a lot about U.S. Grant from the book. He has received a bad rap and the author turned that around for me. Her premise for the book was intriguing: Why was a man who was incredibly popular, one-two million people attended his tomb opening, in 1898, completely disreputed only forty years later and to this day, considered one of the worst Presidents in history. Waugh sort of answers the question but I was hoping that she would give a little more detail about exactly why this occurred. I don't think the contention that he got a lot of bad press from one scholar is substantial evidence. It does point our how fleeting fame can be.
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