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The American Civil War: A Case Study In The Ambiguity Of Creativity

What is the relationship between war and creativity?  Let’s think about this for a moment.  On the one hand, a great many inventions have resulted from our desire to slaughter each other, and the Civil War is no different.  There … Continue reading

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Book Review: Glory Road

The Army Of The Potomac:  Glory Road, by Bruce Catton This book is the second part of a trilogy (at least) of works relating to the Army of the Potomac, covering the period between the aftermath of Antietam and the … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Hallowed Ground

This Hallowed Ground:  A History Of The Civil War, by Bruce Catton I really wish I would have read more of Catton’s work earlier.  Although I was familiar and fond of his illustrated history of the Civil War as a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mr. Lincoln’s Army

Book Review:  Mr. Lincoln’s Army (The Army Of The Potomac #1), by Bruce Catton While I am familiar with novels and even biographies beginning in media res in order to keep interest up on the part of the reader, I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reflections On The Civil War

Reflections On The Civil War, by Bruce Catton, edited by John Leekley As someone who grew up greatly appreciating Bruce Catton’s historiography on the Civil War, I consider it a shame that he died before I had the chance to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gettysburg: The Final Fury

Gettysburg:  The Final Fury, by Bruce Catton It is easy to see, in reading this book, why Bruce Catton received and was worthy of a Pulitzer Prize for his historical writing.  As a child I first became familiar with the … Continue reading

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What Is To Be Done And Who Is To Blame?

There are a great many aspects of life where there are two simultaneous responses or opinions or feelings we have towards a situation are held in tension.  One of the characteristic aspects of such situations is that we will attempt … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War

Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War, edited and with an introduction by William McCann, by Ambrose Bierce Having already read many of Ambrose Bierce’s civil war stories in other collections, much of this work was already familiar to me.  Those who are … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Confidential Agent

The Confidential Agent, by Graham Greene I have to admit that although this book was a bit long at 300 pages (long because the text itself would suggest the book should be shorter), there is a lot to enjoy here.  … Continue reading

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Lost In The Wilderness

It was the setting of the sun that finally let me know that we were lost.  We were as lost as the armies of the Civil War that had found themselves twice in major battles in this wilderness of Virginia.  … Continue reading

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