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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Scranton’s Mayors by David J. Wenzel

Scranton's Mayors
Publisher: Tribute Books
ISBN: 0976507269
Pages: 188 pgs
Genre: Non-fiction
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Summary from Publisher:

Former Scranton Mayor, David Wenzel, is now a published author. His debut work, Scranton's Mayors, is a collection of 29 mini biographies devoted to the men who have guided the city from 1866 to the present day. Wenzel first conceived the idea for the book three years ago when he was asked to give a talk on the Mayors of Scranton for the Mall at Steamtown s History Month. Wenzel was particularly interested in providing a written record of recent events from the past 40 years. The terms of Mayor James Walsh, Mayor Eugene Peters, Mayor Eugene Hickey, Mayor James McNulty, Mayor Wenzel, Mayor Jim Connors and current Mayor Chris Doherty are highlighted. Wenzel thoroughly researched the career of each mayor. The Scranton Times opened up its archives and the Albright Memorial Library and the Lackawanna Historical Society provided assistance. Personal interviews with former mayors and their families give the work a human touch, while memorabilia from past campaigns bring long ago election battles to life.

My Review:

I have never been to Scranton and don’t know much about it’s history but this book definitely helped me learn about Scranton and it’s mayors. Each mayor is given his own section with a biography and a history of his term. There is a liberal selection of pictures throughout. I would have liked it a bit more if there had been color pictures to enrich the information a bit more. I also think the book could have benefited from the addition of a timeline juxtaposing United States history with Scranton’s history. I would help people who do not live in Scranton identify with the history in the book.  Overall, this is a wonderful reference book and great for any member of Scranton who wants to research a past mayor. This book was also written by a former mayor, so the depth of information is deep. Anyone who is looking for information about a mayor of Scranton would be sure to find it in this book. It would be great for a library reference section. The only downside is the lack of color pictures and a timeline.
*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.

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