Category Archives: American Civil War

Audiobook Review: Lincoln: A Life Of Purpose And Power

Lincoln: A Life Of Purpose And Power, by Richard Carwardine, read by Stefan Rudnicki Abraham Lincoln is an interesting historical figure, especially because of the combination between the high moral tone of his approach as a leader and the shrewdness … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Rise To Greatness

Rise To Greatness: Abraham Lincoln And America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle The author of this book makes the case that 1862 was the most perilous year in America’s history, and in doing so presents a compelling case … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Tried By Fire

Tried By Fire: Abraham Lincoln As Commander In Chief, by James McPherson Given that there are at least a good 14,000 books that have been written about Abraham Lincoln, it is nonetheless remarkable that his role as commander and chief … Continue reading

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Roads To Glory For The Political General

In reading a couple of books about Nathaniel Banks, and having previously read books about other Civil War political generals like Benjamin Butler, I was struck by the thought of how it was that political generals ended up receiving a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fighting Politician: Major General N.P. Banks

Fighting Politician: Major General N.P. Banks, by Fred Harvey Harrington This book is an interesting and not particularly sympathetic biography of Nathaniel Prentice Banks, who is largely remembered only by students of Civil War history, although Banks had a lengthy … Continue reading

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Book Review: Campaigning With Banks In Louisiana, ’63 And ’64, And With Sheridan In The Shenandoah Valley In ’64 And ’65

Campaigning With Banks In Louisiana, ’63 And ’64, And With Sheridan In The Shenandoah Valley In ’64 And ’65, by Frank M. Flinn One of the more interesting aspects of this book to me as a reader is that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Civil War Command & Strategy

Civil War Command & Strategy: The Process Of Victory And Defeat, by Archer Jones This book is an interesting one, and it has an interesting approach in that it looks at the campaigns of the Civil War with an eye … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Politics Of Command

The Politics Of Command: Factions And Ideas In Confederate Strategy, by Thomas Lawrence Connolly and Archer Jones There are a few people at least who will read this book and miss what I think is the worth and enjoyment of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Retreat To Victory?

Retreat To Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered, by Robert G. Tanner Would a Fabian strategy have served the Confederacy well? This is a question that is commonly asked by students of the Civil War as the size of the Confederacy and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Legacy: Treasures Of Black History

Legacy: Treasures Of Black History, edited by Thomas C. Battle and Donna M. Wells There is an issue with a book like this that demonstrates the hazards of institutions seeking to conflate a subject of general interest to readers with … Continue reading

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