Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Story Behind the Stone

Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Review - The Story Behind the Stone

About the Book 
This pictorial guide covers more than forty New Orleans monuments. From the statue of Joan of Arc that stands in the French Quarter to the bronze bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the corner of Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street, entries flow in chronological order, based on each figure’s birthday.

About the Author 
Dr. Robert Jeanfreau practices internal medicine. Before attending LSU Medical School in New Orleans, he earned a BA from Loyola University. Jeanfreau's concept for Story Behind the Stone was conceived when he drove by a statue on Esplanade Avenue, dedicated to Charles Gayarre. Eager to learn more, Jeanfreau began the research that eventually led to a book. He is a member of the Louisiana Historical Society and lives in Metairie, Louisiana.

My Take on the Book
I was intrigued by this book as it is a nonfiction story about the statues in the city of New Orleans. Each statue of a famous and not so famous person was created because the person made some kind of an impact on the inhabitants of New Orleans.

As you look at the table of contents you will recognize names of individuals you know from history: Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Robert E. Lee, Andrew Jackson and Louis Armstrong , just to name a few. There are others who are known only by the people of New Orleans: Issac Delgado who was a philanthropist and gave so much of his hard earned money to charities in the city and Josphine Newcomb who used her wealth to make sure young women could receive a higher education.

I was impressed that the people of New Orleans would take the initiative to honor individuals in such a permanent fashion. I enjoyed reading about each individual and I believe you will enjoy this book also.

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