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Koeppels extensive research includes major new findings about the construction of the canal as well as its enormous impact. Bond of Union provides a unique perspective on Manifest Destiny and the beginning of Americas self-perception as an empire destined to expand to the Pacific.
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By Geoff in NY on 02-18-10
Perhaps the Hardcopy would be better
The book as written by Gerard Koeppel is excellent. I am a history buff who has lived 2 score in upstate New York, and as a 10 year old kid I learned most of NY geography from navigation charts more than a few times going up and down the NYS Barge Canal System. Although may only be to those ears are used to the idiosyncratic pronunciations of the Algonquin, Iroquois, Dutch, and German vocabulary that form the bulk of the names in the New York Gazetteer, I really wish they had found a narrator indigenous to area, at the very least someone who knows how to properly pronounce the word "CANAL !" We use a hard "C" and either emphasize each syllable equally or the first stronger Can as in Can-ale, and not "Gun-nail" with a hard "G"
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