Books: Strenuous Americans

Strenuous Americans*

Happily, all the strenuous Americans herein arbitrarily assembled are dead. Mr. Dibble has nothing to fear in the way of retaliatory protest. But the reader cannot quite escape a not unpleasant tingle of tremulous anticipation observing the trustful juxtaposition of P. T. Barnum and James J. Hill, or Admiral Dewey at bay between Jesse James and Brigham Young. Among the seven names represented between the strenuous cloth covers are one woman (Frances E. Willard); one capitalist (J. J. Hill); one sailor (Dewey); one politician (Mark Hanna); one showman (Barnum); one Latter-day...

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