Saturday, January 26, 2008

Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson


I recently discovered a fascinating gem in the nonfiction book, Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry. Scott Reynolds Nelson tells of his quest to find out if John Henry (of the tall tale legend) was once a real person. This is not so much a story about a man who died working on the railroad back in the eighteen hundreds as it is about Mr. Reynold’s amazing detective work in finding clues to a historical mystery. All the intriguing information, gorgeous photographs and artwork, made this book a quick read. I would recommend this book to any reader, old or young, who loves discovering obscure mysteries in history. Did Nelson find the real John Henry? Read this book and find out!

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