on October 16, 2002
This was an assigned reading. For the authors, thank god it was required. The book is shallow and poorly constructed. Paragraphs float around in the book with no relevance to a larger meaning or significance. Often information is written without any historical significance or context. The book seems to be merely requoting passages from other, more significant works instead of drawing larger conclusions of the time period. A lot of the information is inaccurate and poorly researched. Indeed, when writing about The New York Herald, the authors don't even both to mention when it was founded. Stay away from this book. I have never read a more difficult and poorly written book.