Most of us have a rather low opinion of Stephen Schwartz. However, he is a patriotic Muslim who disagrees with almost all of us. In fact any praise I could offer would probably anger him more then the slings and arrows.
Schwartz is a brilliant writer who is clearly dedicated to his craft. He has an excellent style that is easy to read and entertaining. He is direct and to the point
and at times humorous.
From West to East is the story of the history of California. California does not have an epic like Texas but it is still interesting.
In chapter one we meet the Catalans and the Malorcans who founded California. We tend to think of the founders of the USA as random groupings of people. However, people from certain regions founded the Eastern USA and apparently California.
In Chapter one we meet the Spanish, English and Russian Explorers. We also meet the local Indians who built a cult on halucegenic drugs. Ducky probably claims most of his economic theories after religious cermonies with the cult.
On a larger note sometimes we should read authors we disagree with. While I do disagree with Schwartz on a range of topics he does excellent research and is informed. Reading the work of a professional writer like Schwartz or VS Naipul is a pleasant experience because they know their craft. Schwartz clearly knows how to inform and entertain. I have not had to labor through any of his sections yet but it is early. Another trap that writers fall into is peaking too early. Orianna Falachi did that on her last book and Jared Diamond did that in Colapse.
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