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In Praise of Angels: A Novel of the Reconstruction Era

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This intriguing new historical novel, based on the massive theft of government funds in the building of the transcontinental railroad, a scandal that became the focus of the 1872 Presidential race between Grant and Greeley. Readers will lose themselves in a beautifully written story filled with characters who come alive on the pages.
Paperback, 273 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Academy Chicago Publishers (first published May 1st 2013)
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Jane
This review was first published by the Historical Novel Society. I received a free copy of the book.

In Praise of Angels covers the years shortly after the Civil War, when Reconstruction brings political struggles over the status of the Confederate states and their former slaves and new commercial opportunities occasioned by a rapidly expanding, yet still somewhat loosely regulated, America. Smolev imagines a young reporter, Benjamin Wright, who has seen his family destroyed by war and seeks to u
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Tony Heyl
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Warning, spoilers below!

One of my favorite things about the book was that life goes on and that no ending is truly an ending. Even the ending is just a continuation. At so many times, you could see where another writer could have ended the book with a big event – Johnson’s impeachment, Susanna’s death, even leaving for DC. These big events in Benjamin’s life seemed like continuations instead of chapters closing. Life goes on, even after the big things in the world come to a close, and it is a go
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