I grew up in Upstate New York and I hadn't realized the political intrigue behind the development of the Erie Canal. Casey does a great job pulling the reader into the political scandals and back room antics behind one of the greatest man-made transportation projects of the 19th century. Along the way he carries us through the heartbreak of the War of 1812, infuses a love story, and entangles the reader in the passions of those men and women behind the canal project that opened up the Great Lakes to the eastern cities. Great historical detail without an info dump which can take one out of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it
Sheila Myers is an award winning author and Professor at a small college in Upstate NY. She enjoys writing, swimming in lakes, and walking in nature. Not always in that order.