Books: Midwestern Mushroom

THE WESTERN RESERVE (365 pp.)—Har-lan Hafcher—Bobbs-Merrlll ($4).

The Earl of Warwick's fat parcel of New World land known as Connecticut turned out to be fatter than anyone suspected back in 1630. The Earl's Crown charter spoke with magnificent vagueness of a strip 40 leagues wide extending "throughout all the main lands . . . from the western [Atlantic] ocean to the South Seas [the Pacific]. A century and a half later, with a sound respect for geography and the realities of U.S. politics, Connecticut bowed to congressional insistence and ceded her western claims, with...

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