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The Paradise of All These Parts: A Natural History of Boston

by John Hanson Mitchell

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There is some interesting (unsourced) material scattered throughout the book, but unfortunately it is poorly written, poorly organized, and so grumpy that one suspects the author of being a member of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement. ( )
  PatrickMurtha | May 17, 2016 |
A nice survey of the natural history that underlies the city of Boston. Mitchell has a writing style that sweeps you along with him on his walks around the city. Biggest criticism: some of us need visuals to go along with the words. Maps of the city at different points in its history would be helpful, especially to show how landfill has been added over time. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Feb 11, 2016 |
This book is worth reading if you love Boston or nature, but the author's patrician assumptions are astounding. The way he talks about Native Americans, the poor, the so-called 'Boston Brahmin,' etc. He's really irritating. He also fails to backs up his stories about things he heard about Boston with any facts or sources, making some of the information you can possibly glean from the book suspect. If you can get past his complacent white man, know-it-all tone, it's charming here and there. ( )
  kylekatz | Jun 9, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807071498, Paperback)

How much does the current landscape of Boston, Massachusetts, resemble the place that Captain John Smith referred to in 1614 as "the Paradise of all these parts"? John Hanson Mitchell explores a variety of habitats as he ranges outward from the core of the peninsula where the Puritans first settled to the ancient rim of the Boston Basin, within which the modern city now lies. Endlessly readable and full of personality, The Paradise of All These Parts offers Boston visitors and residents alike a whole new perspective on one of America's oldest cities.

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