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Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov And The Dream Of A Russian America (2013)

by Owen Matthews(Favorite Author)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 5
1620402394 (ISBN13: 9781620402399)
Bloomsbury USA
review 1: What a great story, and what a great research effort, and what great writing! I loved every minute of this book, which gives insight into a period of California and West Coast history that is mostly unknown to us, but very well known in Russia. It gives insight into Catherine the Great, Paul, and Alexander ("War and Peace"). It actually manages by the end to give a lot of insight into modern Russia, rock operas and reconstructed monuments to a murky past and all. As a San Franciscan, I can't help feeling affinity for Conchita; as a Russophile, the whole thing fascinates me. Great work!
review 2: A lot of people seem to have liked this book. It just didn't flow for me. it seemed stale with no voice. Everything seemed flat and forced into a narrative that didn't
... morequite flow. Then there was the error that made me question so much about the rest of the book. On page 311 he states that the purchase of Alaska was held up because the US congress was busy attemting to impeach President Andrew Jackson. (The index also refers to Andrew Jackson on page 311.)It was Andrew Johnson being impeached - Andrew Jackson's presidency was 3 decades before Johnson's.That may seem an inconsequential error but if he gets an American president wrong what about the Russian names, dates and facts that I the layman is counting on him to get correct. less
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Not a great book, but with just enough detail to keep it interesting.
A bit confusing, to be honest. Some good stories, though.
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