Monday, May 11, 2009

Book Review: The Whiskey Rebels

The Whiskey Rebels - by David Liss

The Whiskey Rebels
centers around the Bank of the United States in its first year. Many historical figures make an appearance... Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, even George Washington. However, the plot itself is fiction. There's a consiperacy on the Bank with twists and turns that will have just about anyone lost.

The most interesting part of this book is the dual narrators. It alternates between the male voice of the supposed traitor, drunkard and womanizer Ethan Saunders and the mysterious, modern, intelligent widow Joan Maycott.

I found this book to be an interesting history lesson in the beginnings of our economic system and stock market. But it dragged a little and could have been a little shorter. In the description of every character, the author mentions the state of their teeth, which I found to be unnecessary. I found Ethan Saunders to be the most intriguing character as he starts off the book facing certain death and prepared to die and by the end has found so much to live for.

If you at all find American history to be fascinating, you'll want to read this book.

Next month - The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

1 comment:

Jenn said...

If I remember right, the state of a person's teeth spoke volumes about that person. Maybe the author was trying to be historically relevant?