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John James Audubon by Richard Rhodes
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Sep 02, 09

really liked it
Read in August, 2009

I'm not very good at this book review thing. My grandfather did it professionally and he was a master at it. I enjoy reading as much as he did but I lack the ability to put into words at a lofty and intellectual level, why I specifically liked it. I mention this only because I think this book should get a better review than I'm going to be able to provide, mine being, I fear over-simplistic....

This was a wonderful book about an intriguing man, his family, and also, in some ways, about the changing landscape and society of post-Revolutionary War America. This was meticulously researched and very well written. I'm a bit of a bird nerd, a sucker for "mountain men in the wild" tales, and non-fiction (and fiction) about early America and this certainly fit the bill. The imagery was so vivid and the characters came alive. I especially enjoyed the information on Audubon and his wife, Lucy. In my mind, she was interesting enough to have her own story!

Audubon is historically important because his "artwork" is really the only available pictorial detail of wildlife in early America. Under any circumstance, this was an amazing feat, even more incredible, given how difficult travel was throughout the country, and the world, at that time without the luxury of a camera, lugging around all of the trappings required of an artist and painter.

This was a very satisfying history lesson!
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