This is an absolutely fascinating book and, as my title suggests, it does indeed steal time. The news articles are just long enough to make you think, "I've got time to read one more" and of course, there is no way the next story could be more interesting that the last ...or could it? Each bizarre tale of oddity or woe is just as enthralling as the last.
This book does make you wonder, what on earth was happening in Wisconsin to make people act this crazy? Reading it, the answer is quite clear that the harsh situations these people were living in, were enough to make even the sanest person start to act a little strangely.
I originally bought this for the photography. I am a professional photographer and a keen enthusiast of early photography. This book most certainly did not disappoint. The photographs speak volumes of the era and give an insight into the workings of a fragile and unstable area. Charles Van Schaick's images are bold, delicate, strange (sometimes quite unsettling in fact), heartfelt, and in many cases quite pioneering. He has a photographer's eye unlike any I have seen before from his era.
I cannot recommend this book enough, it is by far one of my favourite books of all time, and I am certain that if you purchase it, it will have a place in your heart as well.