Book Highlights Interesting Arkansans


I read a lot. And as a result of my job, I’ve
become intrigued with Arkansas history. One book on my to-read list is
Statesmen, Scoundrels, and Eccentrics by Tom Dillard. Below is an article from
the University of Arkansas newswire about the book in case you might want to
check it out or get a chance to read it before I do!:

Tom W. Dillard keeps a list of interesting
people in Arkansas. He researches information about these people in his leisure
time, which is skimpy, considering his demanding job as head of the special
collections department at the University of Arkansas Libraries and his many
other obligations to projects and organizations throughout the state as the
unofficial advocate of Arkansas history.

Dillard’s list often serves as a starting
point for his column, published weekly in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,
which Dillard has written since 2002. Roughly, that’s 350 columns composed of
280,000 words. Seventy-three biographical sketches from that column have been
collected in Statesmen, Scoundrels, and Eccentrics: A Gallery of Amazing
Arkansans
, published by the University of Arkansas Press.
Called “a series of brilliant profiles of scores of the state’s most
interesting people” by Roy Reed, who wrote the foreword, the book’s range is
wide

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