When I need a break between heavier topics, I reach for poetry, and John Lithgow’s Dumpty series is always an entertaining read. A Confederacy of Dumptys: Portraits of American Scoundrels in Verse was not at all like the first book in this set.
Rather than verses about the Trump era, this collection reflects on the, as Lithgow calls them, scoundrels, that came before the 45th President, and led the way in abuse of power and corruption.
While I come to these books for the humor in verse, I also appreciate the quick-hit history lesson at the end of each poem to catch the reader up on historical figures, plots, coups, etc. that may not have been taught in history or civics class.
While this might not be the book for everyone, it is definitely a light hearted and refreshing read!