Category Archives: American History

Book Review: Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke The Confederacy

Vicksburg:  Grant’s Campaign That Broke The Confederacy, by Donald L. Miller For whatever reason, there are a lot of books that have been written about the Vicksburg campaign and many of them are broadly similar, which suggests that a market … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg 1863

Vicksburg 1863, by Winston Groom It is strange to think that the author of Forrest Gump as being a Civil War historian, but that is the case.  This is in many ways a mixed bag.  The author has a strong … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vicksburg: The Battle That Won The Civil War

Vicksburg:  The Battle That Won The Civil War, by Mary Ann Fraser As a fond reader of history works that deal with the subject of the American Civil War, it is always intriguing to see how various aspects of this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robert E. Lee: Icon For A Nation

Robert E. Lee:  Icon For A Nation, by Brian Holden Reid This book is an interesting case of what happens when someone attempts to write a generally praiseworthy account of a man without whitewashing him or seeking to promote neo-Confederate … Continue reading

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Book Review: The House At The End Of The Road

The House At The End Of The Road:  The Story Of Three Generations Of An Interracial Family In The American South, by W. Ralph Eubanks This book presents the reader with a fascinating examination of a complicated family in rural … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dixie Betrayed

Dixie Betrayed:  How The South Really Lost The Civil War, by David J. Eicher It is always fascinating to see accounts of the fall of the South in the Civil War.  On what can it be blamed?  This particular book … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Atlantic In Global History, 1500-2000

The Atlantic In Global History, 1500-200, edited by Jorge Cañizares-ESguerra and Erik R. Seeman As someone who has long, if informally, found myself deeply interested in matters of Atlantic history, this book was certainly one I looked forward to reading … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dutch In The Americas 1600-1800

The Dutch In The Americas:  1600-1800, by Wim Klooster As a fond student of Atlantic history, there is a great deal that I enjoy about a work like this one.  This is the sort of book that not only contains … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: America

For whatever reason, bands with geographic names have had a hard time with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:  Chicago [1] was slow to be inducted, and noted bands like Kansas [2], Boston, and America have yet to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Utopia Of Rules

The Utopia Of Rules:  On Technology, Stupidity, And The Secret Joys Of Bureaucracy, by David Graeber One of the most telling aspects of this book is the way that the author’s straw man argumentation against Mises and refusal to seriously … Continue reading

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