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by Vincent Cleary
As the tide of world events seem to dwarf the importance of what happens here at home, “local history” as a genre has fallen into disuse. But now comes Vincent Cleary's reflections on the last thirty years of Amherst history. His book, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002: One of the Best Small Towns in America explores his personal reminiscences while conveying the sweep of events in this area of the Connecticut River Valley. Cleary, who retired as professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts in 1997, shares his infectious love of Amherst people, places and events in playful, intimate language.