Book Review: The Encyclopedia of Louisville

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Book Review: The Encyclopedia of Louisville

Unread postby bourbonv » Sat Oct 08, 2005 9:21 am

The Encyclopedia of Louisville, edited by John E. Kleber. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. 2001. Preface, Introduction, Index, Ilustrated, pp.988.

This book is filled with individual articles about the people and places who shaped the history of th city of Louisville, Kentucky and its surrounding Counties on both sides of the Ohio River. There articles dealing with everything from Accounting to the YMCA. There are maps showing locations of specific neighborhoods and a multitude of photographs. Avery informative volume when it comes to understanding the city that Bourbon Built.

There are many articles that are of interest to the Bourbon enthusiast. These include a general article on the history of distilling in Louisville to articles about individual distillers and distilleries. These include articles on people such as George Garvin Brown, Julian P. Van Winkle and Alexander Thurman Farnsley and companies such as Brown-Forman, Four Roses and James Thompson and Bro. The articles are informative and often give suggested reading selections.

This book should be part of any bourbon library. It helps the reader with individaul histories of companies as well as the events that were happening in the city in which they did business. Were else are you going to find out about the Poisoned Wedding or Jennie Carter Benedict - the creator of Benedictine sandwiches.

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