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Perley's Reminiscences, v. 1-2 of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis   By: (1820-1887)

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Perley's Reminiscences is a captivating and enlightening two-volume memoir penned by Benjamin Perley Poore. The author takes readers on a vivid journey through Sixty Years in the National Metropolis, sharing his personal experiences and interactions with some of the most influential figures in American history.

What sets this memoir apart is not only Poore's ability to transport readers to a bygone era but also his talent for providing detailed and insightful accounts of the political landscape during his time as a journalist and congressman. As he reminisces about his experiences in Washington D.C., Poore offers a unique perspective on the social, cultural, and political developments that shaped the nation.

One aspect of the book that I found particularly intriguing was Poore's firsthand encounters with numerous U.S. presidents. From Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, Poore sheds light on the personalities and leadership styles of these iconic figures. Through his anecdotes and observations, we gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by these leaders and the impact they had on the nation's history.

Furthermore, Perley's Reminiscences proves to be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the inner workings of American politics. Poore's insider knowledge as both a journalist and a congressman provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the machinations at play in the national capital. From the drama of congressional debates to the intricacies of navigating partisan divides, Poore's account leaves no stone unturned.

Another aspect that makes this memoir exceptional is the way Poore interweaves personal stories with historical events. Alongside his political exploits, we witness the author's growth and transformation, his triumphs and setbacks. This personal touch not only humanizes the narrative but also adds depth and richness to the historical context, making it all the more engaging for the readers.

However, it is worth noting that the sheer volume of information presented in Perley's Reminiscences can be overwhelming at times. Poore covers an extensive span of American history, and while this allows for a comprehensive portrayal, it may also prove challenging for readers less familiar with the subject matter. Navigating the vast cast of characters and events requires attentiveness, but the reward is a deeper understanding and appreciation of the time period.

In conclusion, Perley's Reminiscences, v. 1-2 of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis is a riveting memoir that seamlessly combines personal anecdotes with historical events. Benjamin Perley Poore's ability to transport readers to the heart of American politics and provide unique insights into the lives of influential figures is commendable. Although the breadth of information might be overwhelming for some, those willing to immerse themselves in this captivating narrative will come away with a greater understanding and appreciation for the history of the United States.

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Transcriber's note:

The digraphs "ae" and "oe" are spelled out for clarity.

The chapter summaries in the Table of Contents are repeated in the book at the start of each chapter. At the end of each chapter is a facsimile autograph and a brief biography of the signer. The running page titles are omitted.

Vol. I, Chap. XLIII: "President's Message or" changed to "President's Message on"

Vol. II, Chap. IX: "Lamar" changed to "Lamon"

A tabulation of the 1884 Presidential vote totals has been added.

The typographical fist is represented by the right guillamet (ยป).

LoC catalog number: E179.P8

[Frontispiece: perley.jpg] Engr. by H. B. Hall's Sons, New York

[Signed] Faithfully yours, Ben: Perley Poore


Illustrating the Wit, Humor, Genius, Eccentricities, Jealousies, Ambitions and Intrigues of the Brilliant Statesmen, Ladies, Officers, Diplomats, Lobbyists and other noted Celebrities of the World that gather at the Centre of the Nation; describing imposing Inauguration Ceremonies, Gala Day Festivities, Army Reviews, &c., &c., &c.


The Veteran Journalist, Clerk of the Senate Printing Records, Editor of the Congressional Directory, and Author of Various Works... Continue reading book >>

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