Liverpool: Gateway to America

John Patrick Kerrigan
AJH Publishing, 128 pages, £12.99

Reviewed by Eddie Roberts

As the title suggests, this is a must buy for tourists crossing ‘the pond’. The author has delved deep into the archives to unearth surprising facts about our shared migrations, wartime experiences, trade, cultural and even religious links with America. He shows clearly that this has been a two-way process benefiting both nations.

I challenge Liverpudlians not to learn something new in each of the eighteen chapters packed with nuggets of information delivered in a punchy style by an author who doesn’t waste words.

Fourteen Second World War photographs will revive memories for surviving senior citizens and hopefully intrigue their grandchildren. Most pages contain apt, though frustratingly small illustrations reminding us that the research was initially done for his two DVDs on Liverpool’s history.

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