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American Lightning by Howard Blum
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Dec 01, 09

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Read in December, 2009

I'm giving up. I made it more than half way through this sucker, thinking I just wasn't in the right mind-set, too many distractions, whatever, but the fact of the matter is, this plot is distracting to itself. We hop around characters so frequently, and I have yet to discover how Griffith plays any kind of parallel role in Burns' detective work or union politics, and, well, I guess I just don't care at this point. Blum tries to create cliffhangers that sometimes work to carry you into the next chapter, and sometimes just plain dumbfound you with their irrelevance. This book is too much work for the minimal payback. Wish it wasn't so, because I love this time period in history, and the plot is intriguing, when it can be followed.
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