Spell check. people, places, and events......DeVoto's Course of Empire. damn spell check.Last time I endured a "lockdown" (six months' recovery from a heart attack) I read seventeen books written about the F&I Period, including all of those listed above. It is very interesting to spend a solid period of time reading about one period in great depth. Although some were redundant to others, they all gave different perspectives on the people, placed, and events. Devito's COURSE OF EMPIRE puts it all into perspective as a first, or final, read.