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I read this book while writing my book Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic: Dueling, Southern Violence, and Moral Reform (Praeger Press, 1999), and Albion's Seed made it possible for me to adequately determine the origins of the backcountry Southern culture of violence that created such havoc in the early Republic -- and created the structure of violence and weapons control that still dominate the current political debate.
I can't adequately summarize this massive and wonderful book in the available space, but let me give you just a clue as to the power of it. It provides a persuasive explanation for regional variations in housing design, birth month distribution, naming conventions, cooking styles, and male/female power relationships -- and without ever seeming forced to me, the skeptic of "one theory does it all" approaches.
I can't recommend a book more highly than this.