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    Now that it is the offseason, I'm reading some baseball books. Recently finished Ron Guidry's autobiography - short, somewhat interesting version of his pov on the 70's Yankees - would have liked more of his years as a coach for the Yankees. Reading Felipe Alou's autobiography now. It's ok - the baseball stories are interesting but he repeats himself somewhat.
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    I am continuing my reading of American history from its beginnings by following the Presidential line. I am up to the Andrew Jackson era and just finished a biography on him by H.W. Brands. It was very thorough and very well written. The times were certainly much different then. What we would find abhorrent in Jackson now was thought of much differently then. We have come a long way to say the least in how tolerant we are of differences in people and races.

    Also just finished a short book called Run,Rabbit,Run. It was stories told by Rabbit Maranville who played MLB in the early 20th century. He died before completing it and his manuscripts were found years later and saved. They are mostly funny stories of his playing days. Its only about 100 pages long.

    I have maybe over 150 books on Kindle that I haven't read. I divide my reading up by American history timeline, sports,mainly baseball, and what I call miscellaneous. Books that don't quite fall into those two categories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    I am continuing my reading of American history from its beginnings by following the Presidential line. I am up to the Andrew Jackson era and just finished a biography on him by H.W. Brands. It was very thorough and very well written. The times were certainly much different then. What we would find abhorrent in Jackson now was thought of much differently then. We have come a long way to say the least in how tolerant we are of differences in people and races.

    Also just finished a short book called Run,Rabbit,Run. It was stories told by Rabbit Maranville who played MLB in the early 20th century. He died before completing it and his manuscripts were found years later and saved. They are mostly funny stories of his playing days. Its only about 100 pages long.

    I have maybe over 150 books on Kindle that I haven't read. I divide my reading up by American history timeline, sports,mainly baseball, and what I call miscellaneous. Books that don't quite fall into those two categories.
    I'm curious; how did the author treat the bigamy accusations? I've read some writers who say it was all a misunderstanding and others, including Daniel Walker Howe in What Hath God Wrought (my favorite history of the era) who say he knew exactly what he was doing? Kind of a tragedy in the end, since they likely led to (spoiler alert) his wife's death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    I'm curious; how did the author treat the bigamy accusations? I've read some writers who say it was all a misunderstanding and others, including Daniel Walker Howe in What Hath God Wrought (my favorite history of the era) who say he knew exactly what he was doing? Kind of a tragedy in the end, since they likely led to (spoiler alert) his wife's death.
    Brands acknowledged that Jackson likely knew Rachel was still officially married to her first husband when they were married. Back then it was tough to get a divorce. Not nearly as simple as it is now. So he said they just went ahead and married knowing there could be repercussions later. But he also points out that at the time Jackson had no way of knowing he would ever be a Presidential candidate and be no more than a military leader. Her divorce was finalized some years later. That ordeal more than likely lead to her death as the campaign in the year of her death was very nasty with all sorts of personal things exposed and overblown and some just out right lies. No doubt the stress of that election was a direct result of her death.
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