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October 27, 2015


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A major accomplishment. Congratulations, Jon. I hope you savor this.

Looking forward to this, and hope to have it signed.

Great job, Jon...I look forward to reading it!

Hooray. Congratulations.

Phoenix needs a history that sings just enough to keep us humming along. I hope this is the one that does that. The details in the other histories often lack the framework of a narrative arc. Talton, I trust, knows that arc from the inside out.

I tried to write with a degree of distance and dispassion, as a professional historian. So it may not have the passion, and does not have my personal grief and loss, seen in Rogue. But I hope it's a decent read. And it goes some places other histories haven't.

I'm intrigued and can't wait to read it. I wonder, has there been a history of Phoenix written from the Latino perspective? I think it would add to the richness of the place. Chronicling the experience of not only Latinos but Blacks, Asian, and Native Americans would make Phoenix everyone's. Will your book include some insight into the minority communities?

phxSUNSfan: Mexicans of Phoenix, by Frank Barrios.

Sorry, that's Mexicans In Phoenix.

Congratulations. Can't wait to read it.

Sounds great Jon. Can't wait.

I have already ordered mine on Amazon.
I expect it to be a must read for all the "Immigrants and out-of-towners" who regularly comment on this blog.
Thanks Jon

Yeah! I think most of the folks on my Christmas list are now covered!

Look forward to reading it. I enjoyed "High Country Nocturne," particularly the shout-out to the country store at Punkin Center (first place I ever tasted beef jerky, coming back from a Boy Scout trip to Camp Reno).

I know several folks who will deserve a copy.

Phxsunfan, the Hispanics include many folks straight from Spain. My lady's friends Grandparents on both sides came from Northern Spain making there passage via Cuba and Mexico. My friend grew up at 14 st and Garfield in Phoenix. Her aunt owned a bar on Van Buren. And many of her relatives settled in Globe and Miami. Her relatives owned bars, grocery stores and wholesale produce outlets in both Phoenix and Globe. Some today are very wealthy diary farmers. Look for the Aja's, Blanco's and the Caballero's.


Congratulations; I'm sure finishing something like that is quite an accomplishment.

Good luck with the sales.

Sales? What's your point?

I am excited to buy and read the book! Writing in that historian's voice and weaving in so many references can be challenging to be certain -- I still remember my senior thesis and how long that took me despite otherwise usually being a quick writer -- but I appreciate that you took your deep personal knowledge and then went to the primary sources to bring in further historical information beyond everything you already knew.

My hope for you is that the success of this book will lead to a compendium of Phoenix 101 columns someday which I think would make an excellent book to place on a side table or in a doctor's office waiting room, for example, that would be so much more edifying than the usual magazines. (I wish more businesses would do things like that rather than just subscribe to People and Sports Illustrated and other throwaways.)

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