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Dave Wood's Book Report, Jan. 23, 2008

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Historian A.K. Sandoval-Strausz has written a fascinating study of hostelries in "Hotel: An American History" (Yale University Press, no price).

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It's his theory that Americans, not Europeans, set the standards for hotels in the 19th century due to several outside forces, including political.

In the course of this scholarly book, general readers will be fascinated with individual hotels they may have stayed in or wanted to stay in or were refused entry to.

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