I think it's funny that the same week I post a review at the Saturday Review of Books for a book about the building of the Panama Canal, someone else posted a review that mentioned the building of the Panama Canal. What are the odds on that, I wonder?
Laura's review is about Lake Martin: Alabama's Crown Jewel, by Elizabeth D. Schafer. In the review, Laura says the book covers the local history from "...1540, when Hernando de Soto and his men marched across Alabama, to the present day BASSMASTERs and water wars with Georgia...".
(Side note: I hate to admit this, but way out West here we sometimes tend to think of water wars as a way out West thing. I had no idea Alabama and Georgia had that sort of fuss and bother. Live and learn.)
Anyway, I have a weakness for local history books, and for books about large and complicated undertakings. Please drop a note in the comments if there's a particularly good or interesting book about something in your part of the world. Thanks.
I see from the Barnes & Noble write-up that Lake Martin is one of the books in a "Making of America" series.
Lake Martin: Alabama's Crown Jewel (Making of America Series)
I'm not familiar with the series, but it appears to be pretty extensive and wide-ranging. Here are a few more:
Lockport: Historic Jewel of the Erie Canal (Making of America Series)
Edgecombe County: Along the Tar River (Making of America Series)
New Haven, Connecticut: From Puritanism to the Age of Terrorism (Making of America Series)
Canton, Ohio: A Journey Through Time (Making of America Series)
Matawan and Aberdeen: Of Town and Field (Making of America Series)
Hawaii: A History of the Big Island (Making of America Series)
Santa Monica: A History on the Edge (Making of America Series)
Clicking on any book cover above will take you to Barnes & Noble. Buying anything on that visit will put a few pennies in my pocket. For which I thank you.
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