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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Honorable Edward N. Breitung: With Son Edward and Granddaughter Juliet is a work of non-fiction in the biography, historical writing, and family saga subgenres. Penned by author Michael S Nyquist, it is suitable for the general adult reading audience. The work is a true and compelling family saga that delves into the rise and fall of the Breitung family over two generations. The account begins with the ambitious patriarch, Edward N. Breitung Sr., who built a vast empire of land and mines in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, coupled with a successful political career. However, beneath this success lies family strife, infidelity, and a wandering eye that may have contributed to his downfall. The narrative continues as Edward's widow and his only surviving son, Edward Jr., marry into the Kaufman family, expanding their business ventures. The book highlights the complexities of family dynamics, legal battles, and suspicions of financial wrongdoing within the blended family.
Author Michael S Nyquist has crafted a work that offers a unique perspective on a lesser-known piece of American history and serves as a window into the challenges and triumphs faced by the Breitung family and others like them. As I read deeper and deeper, I was struck by the fascinating historical insights into the iron mining industry and the interconnected lives of the Breitung and Kaufman families. The intricate details and the vivid portrayal of the family's journey from success to ruin make for an engaging and thought-provoking read, and Nyquist’s strong vivid narrative skill really transports readers into the era. There’s a powerful sense of characterization that lends itself well to reminding us that these are real people who lived through these difficult and complex times. Overall, Honorable Edward N. Breitung is a work that lingers in the reader's mind, prompting reflection on the choices and actions that shape the destinies of individuals and their descendants, and I would certainly recommend it to biography fans everywhere.