Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley
mycroftca

Over the last few days I finished reading two books.

First was Osprey Raid #35: The Last Ride of the James-Younger Gang: Jesse James and the Northfield Raid 1876. Now, I don't usually do much with Western novels, but this isn't a novel, but a short treatise on how a gang in the Wild West might try to take down a bank or a town. I found it surprisingly interesting. Recommended for folks with an interest in the post-Civil War US.

As to the second one, Racine: An Historical Narrative: United Commercial Travelers of America Convention Souvenir, published in 1920: I'd downloaded it from the Internet Archive because I did a lot of growing up in Racine, Wisconsin, and had learned very little of its history. About a third of the book is truly devoted to history; about half describes the local major industries and financial folks, while the rest is devoted to advertisements for various companies. When I lived there forty years later, many of the companies were still there, so I found it intriguing. Unfortunately, the OCR software did a miserable job of copying, so it was borderline unreadable. I don't recommend anyone else go looking for it.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments