Posted by Ralph Price on 6/23/2012 / Labels: rhode island
(More customer reviews)This is a must read for any Rhode Islander with a yen for the state's storied history and for anyone else interested in why the smallest state has such a big, colorful, and sometimes tarnished past.
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Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it has the tallest tales. It's home to many larger-than-life men with exciting stories of mutiny, revolt and daring. Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft tries to escape the grasp of the demonic "Night-Gaunts" that haunt him. Captain William Kidd, convicted of piracy and murder, is hanged and left to rot as a warning for others pursuing a similar career path. And Samuel Slater, Father of the Industrial Revolution, may be a revolutionary in our eyes, but he is considered a treasonous rogue by the English. Travel with M.E. Reilly-McGreen as she follows up her book Witches, Wenches and Wild Women of Rhode Island with tales of the best and worst men the Ocean State has to offer.