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work. Living and working in relatively insular havens, they speak often,
and righteously, of diversity.
Hamilton’s study, then, will be most valuable to students of blues for
its careful attention to the figures she selected for her survey. Her treatments
of Odum and Scarborough are especially insightful and convincing; her dis-
cussion of Ramsey also makes wonderful use of his unpublished papers and
of interviews with his daughters.
If Hamilton’s imagination is given an especially long leash in the chap-
ter on McKune, that imagination had at its disposal her extensive reading in
obscure record collecting journals and a fine interview with McKune’s
“Blues Mafia” associate Pete Whelan. Thanks to these researches, inter-
ested readers will have a clearer picture of the convoluted paths that took
blues music and a select few of its makers from the oblivion of discarded
records to revived careers and deluxe box-set reissues.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, FAYETTEVILLE
Lost Kingdoms. By Phillip H. McMath. (Fayetteville: Phoenix Interna-
tional, 2007. Pp ix, 517. Epigraphs, author’s comments. $19.95.)
Phillip McMath’s epic work of historical fiction centers on Arkansas
and deals extensively with Arkansas families and the Civil War in the
southern part of the state. But the larger story uses Arkansas as merely a lo-
cale from which to teach more transcendental lessons about history, and it
shows how Arkansans wer