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    • One Hot Summer

    • Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858
    • By: Rosemary Ashton
    • Narrated by: Corrie James
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    While 1858 in London may have been noteworthy for its broiling summer months and the related stench of the sewage-filled Thames River, the year is otherwise little remembered. And yet, historian Rosemary Ashton reveals in this compelling microhistory, 1858 was marked by significant, if unrecognized, turning points. For ordinary people, and also for the rich, famous, and powerful, the months from May to August turned out to be a summer of consequence.

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