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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever been curious about what the late 1700s and exploration of America beyond the thirteen colonies looked like? Luckily, some adventures were well documented. Sketches of Intriguing People and the Curious Events They Suffered While Living in the Wilderness of the Northwest Territory by Frank E. Kuron was able to turn all of this information into "sketches" for us readers. The book is a collection of seventeen sketches with illustrations peppered throughout. Each story is different and shines a light onto the lives of those many of us have forgotten. Each sketch starts with paragraphs that introduce those involved, the setting, and/or the importance of the people/events. The author then goes into the backgrounds of the individuals involved before sharing their tales.
Sketches of Intriguing People was a remarkably interesting book for a history buff like myself. I was particularly fond of the Ohio Valley-based stories, though I'm a bit biased as I grew up in Ohio. That said, each story was unique. While the characters and actions may seem outlandish at times, it is clear all the stories are true. The author put so much research into this book and it shows. There was a plethora of remarkable information and photographs. The stories are followed by anecdotes, sketch notes, and an index that helps show this and provides a great starting point for those who want to look into these people more. Those interested in the people who pioneered westward expansion should definitely pick up this book. It provides numerous eye-opening accounts that made me want to know more.