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Notes From the Fieldby Martin Weil

November 1, 2013

A Book I Am Adding to my List

Tyler Cowen writes:

The author is Alan Taylor and the subtitle is Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.

This is one of the best history books I have read, ever.  Every sentence is excellent (is there higher praise?).  And let me add: 1) I hate reading books about Virginia, and 2) I feel “I’ve read enough books about slavery.” …

Very highly recommended, I hope it wins the National Book Award and it will be prominent on my forthcoming best books of 2013 list.

I have rarely been led astray by a Cowen recommendation this strong.

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