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What will you read in 2013?
01-09-2013, 08:39 PM
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RE: What will you read in 2013?
In response to Thomas Thorne:

What existing book on John Hay would you suggest I read?

I've read "The Life of John Hay" by William Roscoe Thayer. But that was published in like 1906 or 1910 or somewhere around then, so the style is a little dry and what one would expect from that era. Also, it is dedicated to Hay's three children, who evidently helped the author quite a bit. So as I recall, it's not an especially impartial account of his life.

Then there's "Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries" by Daniel Mark Epstein (who also wrote "The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage") It's is about both Hay and John Nicolay. This one was okay. It's not a very weighty tome, but it covers the basics. However, there's something about Epstein's style I don't care for. I can never put my finger on exactly why I'm not crazy about his work, but I'm not. Still, I would recommend his book as a start on Hay.

These are the best suggestions I can make. Neither of them are stellar. That's why I have high hopes for the new bio that's due in May.
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What will you read in 2013? - Rob Wick - 01-06-2013, 12:22 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - RJNorton - 01-06-2013, 01:53 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Rob Wick - 01-06-2013, 04:25 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - HerbS - 01-07-2013, 07:40 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Hess1865 - 01-08-2013, 07:45 AM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - RJNorton - 01-08-2013, 09:12 AM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - RJNorton - 01-08-2013, 09:46 AM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Sally - 01-08-2013, 08:55 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - MaddieM - 01-10-2013, 10:22 AM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - BettyO - 01-09-2013, 06:07 AM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - RJNorton - 01-09-2013, 08:39 AM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Gene C - 01-09-2013, 04:12 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - RJNorton - 01-09-2013, 04:49 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Sally - 01-09-2013 08:39 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - BettyO - 01-10-2013, 10:30 AM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Jim Page - 01-10-2013, 07:28 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Rob Wick - 01-11-2013, 07:57 PM
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RE: What will you read in 2013? - Rogerm - 01-26-2013, 09:12 AM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - HerbS - 04-07-2013, 01:05 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Jim Page - 04-07-2013, 01:07 PM
RE: What will you read in 2013? - Rogerm - 04-07-2013, 01:58 PM
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