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The Randolph Women... and Their Men
The Randolph Women and Their Men paints a rich and vivid portrait of post-Revolution life in the South on the scale of Gone With the Wind--only this story is true. A professional historian, Ruth Doumlele has cleverly woven the many lives of the famous and infamous of that time into one seamless narrative. While the Randolphs hold center stage, their exploits bring them tog ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 10th 2010 by Book Publishers Network
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Unless one has also read other works about the Randolph family, I would not attempt to read this one. Even though I was familiar with many of the figures and much of their story, I still found this book confusing. It is more a compilation of historical vignettes than a flowing book. Even though there was an attempt to present the material in a yearly order, some facts are out of chronological order, and that makes the reading more challenging. To its credit, however, the book supplies a great de ...more
If you are familiar with the Bible, do you remember reading some of those chapters that seemed to only say "so and so begat so and so who begat so and so"? Well, that is how quite a bit of this book felt. Many of the stories were very scandalous and interesting, but in between there was a lot of Bible style "begatting", or in other words, dry history of who got married and who their children were...After a while I started to get the hang of it, but it was very tiring in the mean time. I think th ...more
I read this book because I had just finished America's First Daughter (story of Thomas Jefferson's daughter who married a Randolph). More information was needed to see what happened to all of the characters in the First Daughter book. Without reading America's First Daughter, I would have been completely lost. The book mentions characters by their first name in many places and it's hard to determine who they are exactly talking about. While at first I could keep everybody straight, I then had to ...more
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