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Book Notes

Book Notes



William McKinley: A Bibliography. By Lewis L. Gould and Craig H. Roell.

(Westport, Connecticut: Meckler Corporation, 1988. xvi + 238p.; illustration,

chronology, bibliography, indexes.) Published as part of Meckler's Bibliogra-

phies of the Presidents of the United States 1789-1989, edited by Carol

Bondhus Fitzgerald, this book represents the first attempt to assemble a

"comprehensive guide to writing" on McKinley's life and his years in office.

In this ambitious series, Meckler Corporation has undertaken publication of

comprehensive bibliographies-each volume compiled and researched by

leading scholars and following a uniform format-on every US president from

George Washington through Ronald Reagan. Each bibliography will include

manuscript and archival resources, monographs, articles and interviews,

selected newspaper coverage, dissertations, conference papers, government

documents, illustrations, and extensive indexes. If Gould and Roell's McKinley

bibliography is any guide, the series will be an important addition to presiden-

tial scholarship.


Ohio Historical Society                              Laura Russell



Historic Sites and Markers Along the Mormon and Other Great Western

Trails. By Stanley B. Kimball. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988. xviii

+ 320p.; illustrations, maps, appendix, bibliography, index.) In this attractive

volume the author catalogs 550 historic sites along 10,000 miles of emigrant

trails. Fifteen trails and their variants, spanning the period from 1830-1869, are

described as they pass through fifteen states from New York to California.

Included are some of the most famous trails in American history, such as the

950 mile Sante Fe trail, which in 1987 was officially designated as a national

historic trail. The order of description is based upon importance, geography,

and reader convenience. Because of the strong interest in Mormon emigrant

history, nearly half of the sites in Kimball's book refer to Mormons, Utah or

Salt Lake City. Not to be overlooked, however, are the Mormon trails and

sites located in non-western states such as New York, Ohio, Indiana, and

Missouri. Available in cloth or paper, the volume is enhanced by 30 pages of

full-size maps depicting the routes of the trails along with photographs of

selected markers, trail sites, and geological landmarks. Examples of the latter

include Chimney Rock in Nebraska and Picacho Peak in Arizona. Readers

interested in western history and western migration patterns will find Kimball's

book a handy reference.


Ohio Historical Society                              Steve Gordon



Lima the history. By Eric Hirsimaki. (Edmonds, Washington: Hundman

Publishing, Inc., 1986. 351p.; illustrations, roster.) Among railroaders, the

name "Lima" is synonymous with the Lima Locomotive Works, maker of

distinctive Shay engines and developer of modern super power steam locomo-