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Wicked Newport: Sordid Stories from the City by the Sea
Founded by a small band of religious freedom seekers in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island, subsequently became a bustling colonial seaport teeming with artists, sailors, prosperous merchants and, perhaps most distinctively, the ultra-rich families of the Gilded Age. Clinging to the lavish coattails of these newly minted millionaires and robber barons was a stream of con artists ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by History Press (SC)
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This book is an easy and entertaining read, but there are some problems with the content organization and cohesion to the theme that undermine it's potential. Throughout the book, there are numerous paragraphs where the flow of the material is a problem because the author drifts away from the main idea of the paragraph and goes off on a tangent. This problem could have been avoided if footnotes had been used. Moreover, not every chapter in the book strongly connects the theme of Newport's "sordi ...more
Some of the histories and stories were very interesting while others seemed to just be filler...almost as if Stanford had a page minimum he was trying to meet. Many typos found were distracting but overall a pleasant, quick read and fun for anyone interested in Newport, RI
Great book if you're looking for some juicy Newport stories - though most of them were fairly well known if you know your Gilded Age history. I was also disappointed to see quite a few grammatical errors. Still, a fun read and very entertaining.