New Natl Geog and Sacagawea/Sacajawea

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Wed Jan 22 14:28:22 UTC 2003

Le Wednesday, 22 Jan 2003, à 09:09 America/New_York, Michael Cassidy a
écrit :

>  Grant Barrett  writes:
> Stephen Ambrose, in his fairly pedestrian book about Merriweather
> Lewis, "Undaunted Courage," quotes from the journal of Charles
> MacKenzie, a British trader who visited with the Corps of Discovery at
> Fort Mandan.
> I've been online for about 18 years and one thing I've learned:
> its amazing how email sucks the snottiness out of people.
> I guess its alright Ambose is dead and created a greater body of work
> than
> Grant.

Dead or not, I believe Ambrose was the worst sort of writer: a pastiche
artist, an incautious self-editor, repetitive, and, yes, pedestrian:
lacking in imagination to such a degree that one can read a book such
as "Undaunated Courage" and feel cheated out of the best parts of the
story. A large body of such work is nothing to me.

Grant Barrett
Editor, World New York
gbarrett at

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