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The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox
Vanda Krefft
The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct
Thomas L. Whigham
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Henry Clay: The Essential American - David S. Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler

David and Jeanne Heidler's book is a useful narrative account of Clay's political career, one defined by his longtime (and unsuccessful) quest for the presidency. In clear language they explain well the political battles of the era, conveying a good sense of the issues and personalities involved. Yet there is little within its pages that is new, and in many respects the book's coverage of Clay's life is inferior to that of Robert Remini's Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union. Readers seeking to learn about the career of this fascinating and important figure would be better served picking up a copy of Remini's biography instead of this book.