"Wonderful book, time and heart went into compiling this book"  ( xxxx1552)    
"Great piece of history; well written and interesting, thanks" (xxx68 )    

"VERY Happy with your book...Thank you for sending it right out to me, and for
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"I really enjoyed your book... thank you for sharing it with me. I can tell it was a labor
of love!" Warmest Regards-Mike Randall WKBW-TV

"...Robert Yott has rendered us all a signal service in capturing and communicating
that special institution's history." Kirk House, Author/Historian

"BATH - If you're looking for the perfect holiday gift, Bath resident Robert Yott may
have just the thing." Rob Price, Editor
The Courier
Review by Jennifer Maughan

The book From Soldier’s Home to Medical Center is a historically rich and
intriguing look at New York’s Bath Soldier’s Home. Author Robert Yott takes
readers through the conception, birth and life of this American institution that was
initially created to care for wounded Civil War veterans and continues today as a
memorial to honor the legacy of all soldiers.

Written in Yott’s easy conversational style, From Soldier’s Home to Medical Center
is such a well-woven tapestry of documents, quotes, photos and maps that it is hard
to decide what to do first—read the text cover to cover or skip ahead to glace at all
the amazing photos included and reproduced with clear and informative captions.

In the decades following the Civil War, it was not uncommon for communities to
band together to establish a place for their wounded and afflicted heroes to reside.
Bath was deemed the location for the New York Soldier’s and Sailor’s Home and
quickly became a regional landmark. Through its various scandals, fires and
various stages of decline and renewal, all carefully documented by Yott, the story
of how the Bath Soldier’s Home served its community and country in various
capacities is revealed. Anyone interested in a well-researched historical book with
the twists and turns common in grand-scale administration will enjoy this journey.

The historical images presented in the book are extraordinary, and the author
reveals how he went to great lengths to obtain them. From the archived photos and
illustrations of various views of the New York Soldier’s and Sailor’s Home dating
as far back as 1877, readers can actually see such splendid features as the original
dining hall, amusement hall, hospital ward and even the barracks. Portraits of key
people involved in the Soldier’s Home are carefully documented and the collection
appearing in the back of the book of the Home’s leaders spanning the centuries is a
particularly nice touch.

Although some of the design and layout features seem crowded (page margins,
sidebars and extract quotes in particular), the overall quality and thoughtfulness of
the placement of each photo, quote or added feature more than make up for any
claustrophobic feeling in the physical book. In fact, history buffs may get the sense
that they are peeking into an overflowing personal collection of memorabilia and
notes on this remarkable building and the elements that allowed it to exist in all its
various forms.

Yott manages to peel back the layers of time to expose the grand history and
tradition of the Bath Soldier’s Home. It’s a must-read that has the ability to divulge
the intricacies of providing and caring for veterans and a community’s pride in this
responsibility.