Category Archives: American History

Book Review: Lone Star Rising

Lone Star Rising: The Revolutionary Birth of the Texas Republic, by William C. Davis One of the aspects of this book that is particularly interesting is the context that this book provides to the Texan Revolution. In fact, this book … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Battle Of Shiloh

The Battle of Shiloh, by Joseph W. Rich The reader who takes on this book should be forewarned that it is a very pro-Grant account of the Battle of Shiloh. I do not find this objectionable in the least, in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pittsburg Landing And The Investment Of Corinth

Pittsburg Landing And The Investment Of Corinth, by Orville James Victor This book is a particularly interesting one because it combines two elements together that are frequently viewed, if at all, in isolation. Indeed, one of the strengths of this … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Story Of The Battle of Shiloh

The Story Of The Battle Of Shiloh, by Zachary Kent One of the aspects of this book that is disappointing, at least a little bit, is the way that this book chooses to allocate its limited space. This is a … Continue reading

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The Civil War Diary 1862-1865 Of Charles H. Lynch

The Civil War Diary 1862-1865 of Charles H. Lynch, 18th Connecticut Volunteers, by Charles H. Lynch One of the more notable aspects of the Civil War is the way that it is viewed by ordinary soldiers. Charles H. Lynch, during … Continue reading

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Book Review: Turn Backward, O Time

Turn Backward, O Time: The Civil War Diary Of Amanda Shelton, by Kathleen S. Hanson Among the more praiseworthy aspects of the growing attention to primary historical sources by female writers is a book like this one, which is of … Continue reading

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Book Review: 1863 Civil War Diary

1863: 1863 Civil War Diary: James M. Hart, 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, edited and compiled by Jerry M. Easley In many ways, this book is somewhat disappointing. It is unfortunately all too common for a book like this one to … Continue reading

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With A Bang Or With A Whimper

One of the downsides of being a fond reader of the dying embers of the Roman Republic is that one finds so many alarming connections between the end of the Roman Republic and the state of the contemporary American republic. … Continue reading

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Book Review: 24: Life Stories And Lessons From The Say Hey Kid

Life Stories And Lessons From The Say Hey Kid, by Willie Mays And John Shea One of the counterarguments to the past being better than the present, which is true in many respects, is the stupidity of nicknames like the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Whatever It Took

Whatever It Took: An American Paratrooper’s Extraordinary Memoir of Escape, Survival, And Heroism In The Last Days OF World War II, by Henry Langrehr and Jim DeFelice This book is somewhat extraordinary in that it is the most restrained book … Continue reading

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