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Dave Wood's Book Report, Aug. 16, 2006

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What's in a title?

"The Most Famous American," by Debby Applegate (Doubleday, $27.95) promises a good deal. Who is it? George Washington? Abe Lincoln? Daniel Boone?

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It turns out to be none of the above. Applegate's most famous American turns out to be Henry Ward Beecher. I figured that was a bit of a stretch and then I read the book and found out what a fascinating character this brother of author Harriet Beecher Stowe was back in the Civil War era.

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