I just wanted this to be more than it was. It was a light and fluffy pop history type examination of red hair. I wanted more sources and analysis. I w...moreI just wanted this to be more than it was. It was a light and fluffy pop history type examination of red hair. I wanted more sources and analysis. I wanted more of why there are these associations with red hair that she just didn't provide. She tried, but didn't succeed for the most part. I also didn't really need all her personal comments and stories. It was sometimes interesting though. It's a good jumping off point. I want more.(less)
I wish this book was less about designing just sweaters and more about design in general, but a lot of the ideas and techniques discussed can be adapt...moreI wish this book was less about designing just sweaters and more about design in general, but a lot of the ideas and techniques discussed can be adapted to fit other sorts of designs. There's a lot o good information even if you don't want to only create sweaters. (less)
This book was fine. Some parts were better than others. I agree with the other reviewer/s who said that it seemed like the auth...moreWon through Goodreads.
This book was fine. Some parts were better than others. I agree with the other reviewer/s who said that it seemed like the author had a lot of information that she wanted to include and just stuck it in. There was so much that only roughly all tied together. The main case Hempel focused on was interesting, but not enough for a book. Trying to tell the stories of the toxicologist and sort of one of the cops just didn't work. There are ways to tell multiple stories in one book, but this just isn't one of them.
The parts dealing directly with the Bodle case were interesting and those were the parts that read the quickest for me. All of the technical and peripheral information just dragged on and on. Having the synopsis on the back make it sound like this book was about George Bodle's murder was misleading; the book was only slightly centered on that case.
It's an interesting book, but I don't know that I'd really recommend it to many people.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. Carroll went around the U.S. traveling to places that were i...moreWon through Goodreads.
More like 4.5 stars, but I'll give it 5.
I really enjoyed this book. Carroll went around the U.S. traveling to places that were important to our history but have been forgotten and don't have markers. The book is broken down into sections based on what the event was; there is a section for medical history, technological history, graves/death history, preservation of history, and more. Some of these sections I enjoyed more than others. I didn't enjoy the medical section as much, but that is because I'm not very interested in it, not because it wasn't interesting. My favorite section was the historical preservation chapter where Carroll discusses the Dunlap broadsides, the Alamo, and more. The graves/death section was also very interesting, and had one of the saddest chapters in the book, in my opinion. (Also, the chapter on Philo Farnsworth was really interesting; I knew a little about him because of Warehouse 13, but that was it. It was great to learn more about him, and I really felt sorry for him overall.)
My only criticism of the book would be that the chapter headings don't always really reflect what the chapter is about. The place that the title is for may just be the jumping off point to discuss something else overall (e.g. The Leary Bookshop is just a way to talk about the Dunlap broadsides and the preservation of them, or lack thereof). This isn't necessarily a bad thing, all of the tangents Carroll goes on are fascinating, but I sometimes wished to know a bit more about the place that the chapter was supposed to be about. Another slight criticism would be that the quotes used at the beginning of each chapter didn't always make sense to me, but if I read them again it might become clear.
Overall, a very interesting book about things people should know more about. I would recommend this to everyone, especially those interested in American history or lesser known history.(less)
Interesting book. It's really an introduction to the fight for woman suffrage. I'd like something a bit more detailed and in depth, but this was a fin...moreInteresting book. It's really an introduction to the fight for woman suffrage. I'd like something a bit more detailed and in depth, but this was a fine starting point. (less)
I knew very little about Herschel Grynszpan going into reading this book. I volunteered for a little while at the Holocaust Mem...moreWon through goodreads.
I knew very little about Herschel Grynszpan going into reading this book. I volunteered for a little while at the Holocaust Memorial Center here in Michigan and at the end of their hall leading up to the war and the Holocaust they have a display and video about Kristallnacht that briefly discusses Herschel as well. That's about all I knew about him, his motives, and what happened to him - that is, very little at all.
This book was really interesting. It gave background to why Herschel went to the German Embassy in Paris and shot a man. The family dynamics involved in his being in Paris and why he ultimately went to the Embassy are amazing. How this and his background were used by the Nazis to justify Kristallnacht and how his trial progressed are just fascinating to read about; some of it is so ridiculous it would be funny if it weren't so serious. No one really knows what happened to Herschel and so the book does stall a bit at the end when discussing all the theories about what happened to him. However, the last chapter dealing with why Herschel isn't remembered like other Jews who stood up to the Nazis is really interesting and has a lot of things to consider from his conflicting reports of why he did what he did, to his changing stories, to how various people view his act.
I wasn't blown away by this book, it didn't have me needing to know what happened next, or it could've been five stars. It tells a very interesting story about someone who people know very little about and who ought to be better known. I highly recommend it.(less)