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362CIVIL WAR HISTORY difficulties with Peruvian officials, and achievements in the upper reaches of the Amazon and its tributaries in and around Iquitos, the "Sodom of the Amazon" (220). The final chapter describes the mystery of the lost maps of the Hydrographie Commission, along with an analysis of how the commission's reports and other documents contributed to the geographical knowledge of Amazonian Peru, including its subsequent mapping. The overall product is made even better by the addition of previously unpublished illustrations and maps, detailed chapter notes, and an extensive bibliography. Carefully proofread and attractively printed, this book is an excellent example of what narrative history should be. It should appeal to a wide range of scholars and many general readers. Naval historians, Civil War specialists, scientists, and those interested in diplomacy will all benefit from its readability, accuracy, and use of primary sources. Furthermore, in view of the Peruvian government's interest and effort to suppress the drug business east of the sierra today and the emphasis upon reorienting the economy of the region, this is a timely book for peruanos. That Tucker persevered in his professional responsibilities in the face of almost continuous jealousies, long absences from his family and homeland , and especially at advanced age living under difficult conditions in the Peruvian Amazon over an extended period in the late nineteenth century, is somewhat miraculous. In summary, this book is a humanoriented one. As a biography, it brings to light a fresh subject, but it is also an important historiographical contribution for both the United States and Peru. Oakah L. Jones Purdue University EDITOR'S NOTE There was an error in William A. Tidwell's essay, "Confederate Expenditures for Secret Service" (Civil War History, September 1991). On page 226, the sentence should read as follows: Number 34, dated April 28, 1864, and citing Secret Service rather than Necessities and Exigencies, provided $1,500 in gold for Clay. Originally, it incorrectly stated that $500 in gold, not $1,500, was provided for Clay. ...

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ISSN
1533-6271
Print ISSN
0009-8078
Pages
p. 362
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-04
Open Access
No
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