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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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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: History Of The Sioux War And Massacres Of 1862 And 1863

History Of The Sioux War And Massacres Of 1862 And 1863, by Isaac Heard Around the time of the Sioux Wars there was at least some demand for books that brought news of the conflict to far-off corners of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fatal Colours

Fatal Colours: Towton 1461: England’s Most Brutal Battle, by George Goodwin This book is an example of a solid and well-written battle study that is mainly of interest to those who are fond of reading about the Wars of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Russian Civil War

The Russian Civil War, by Evan Mawdsley In many ways, reading this book is sort of like the opposite experience of reading about the experience of the American or Spanish or Finnish Civil Wars, for example. In those latter two … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Diary From Dixie

A Diary From Dixie, by Mary Chesnut This is an interesting diary.  Like many Civil War diaries, it was revised during the postwar period, and there is a moment towards the end of the diary when the author thinks about … Continue reading

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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: The Battle For Spain

The Battle For Spain:  The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, by Antony Beevor It seems that almost in spite of himself the author has created a fair-minded if not particularly graciously so account of the Spanish Civil War.  Unless you have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lord Of All The Dead

Lord Of All The Dead:  A Nonfiction Novel, by Javier Cercas At the basis of this book there are two fundamentally flawed premises.  The first, and most germane to the topic of the book, is that the author seems to … Continue reading

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