Category Archives: American Civil War

Book Review: Abraham Lincoln’s Extraordinary Era

Abraham Lincoln’s Extraordinary Era:  The Man And His Times, by K.M. Kostyal To be sure, among the many thousands of books about Abraham Lincoln [1], this is one of the more inessential ones.  That is not to say that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Year Of Meteors

Year Of Meteors:  Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, And The Election That Brought On The Civil War, by Douglas R. Egerton It ought to surprise no one that I am fond of reading books about the complex relationship between Lincoln and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Myth Of The Lost Cause

The Myth Of The Lost Cause:  Why The South Fought The Civil War And Why The North Won, by Edward H. Bonekemper III I have long wanted to read this book and have had it on my list of books … Continue reading

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Book Review: Embattled Rebel

Embattled Rebel:  Jefferson Davis And Commander In Chief, by James M. McPherson You know an author has taken a difficult task for himself when in the acknowledgements he apologies to his wife, who “tolerated [his] preoccupation with Jefferson Davis, who … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Louisa May Alcott:  The Woman Behind Little Women, by Harriet Reisen, read by the author I must admit, Louisa May Alcott was a writer I grew up reading–in my Florida library there is still a copy of her work Little … Continue reading

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Book Review: Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians On Our Sixteenth President

Abraham Lincoln:  Great American Historians On Our Sixteenth President:  A C-Span Book, edited by Brian Lamb and Susan Swain Before you read this book, you should be aware that this is not a book about Abraham Lincoln by historians, not … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lincoln For President

Lincoln For President:  An Unlikely Candidate, An Audacious Strategy, And the Victory No One Saw Coming, by Bruce Chadwick As someone who has read many books about Abraham Lincoln [1], I am always intrigued when someone tries to find something … Continue reading

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Like No One’s Watching You

A few months ago [1], I commented that for the first time I had realized I was disabled as a result of having to fill out a document at work that happened to have one of the conditions I am … Continue reading

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The Price Of Heresy

Some years ago [1], I read a book written by a libertarian which promoted itself, falsely, as being a book about the “real” Abraham Lincoln when it was nothing of the kind.  At the time, I was content to give … Continue reading

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Lopping And Cropping

Sometimes, less is more.  The famous novelist Jane Austen [1] was known to be somewhat coy about her writing methods, crafting among the most witty novels to be written in the English language, novels known for their fantastic sense of … Continue reading

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