The author needed a good editor with a blue pencil to trim this historical account from 320 pages to 250 pages (the author goes off on too many tangents). With many bizarre words and phrases, I checked Diane Ackerman's background in Wikipedia to confirm her mother tongue was English (and that the book was not translated). For some reason, this story of catastrophic circumstances just didn't resonate with this reader. The book concludes with brief endnotes, a lengthy bibliography (although some memoirs and histories mentioned in the text are absent); and an index.

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