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  • After just a few chapters, I got the feeling that Mr. Kurlansky, who has written some 23 books — 13 previous works of nonfiction, four fiction books, four books for juveniles, and one translation (of Emile Zola's "The Belly of Paris") — is a writer who has never met a fact he doesn't like.

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  • Mr. Kurlansky writes, "In June 1964 the social, political, and cultural upheaval that would be known as 'the sixties' was about to explode, and Martha Reeves, knowing little about such things, has just sung its anthem."

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