- Dec 2, 2004I love these kinds of threads, if only to find some new stuff myself
while giving out the stuff I've liked in the past. Here's my list of
some favorites for the West (prices are from amazon.com, although I
do most of my shopping at www.abebooks.com, www.alibris.com, and
Ninety-Eight Days: A Geographer's View of the Vicksburg Campaign
687 pp., $41.28
by Warren E. Grabau
Comment: As the title states, this one takes a look at the Vicksburg
Campaign from the view of a geographer, specifically Grabau. The
maps are numerous and well-done. I highly recommend this one.
The Vicksburg Campaign: Vicksburg is the Key Vol. 1
769 pp., $42.50
The Vicksburg Campaign: Grant Strikes a Fatal Blow Vol. 2
689 pp., $42.50
The Vicksburg Campaign: Unvexed To The Sea Vol. 3
761 pp., $42.50
by Edwin Cole Bearss
Comment: If you want to know about the Vicksburg Campaign, buy this
set. It's expensive, but it was definitely worth it for me.
This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga
675 pp., $26.37
No Better Place to Die: The Battle of Stones River
281 pp., $19.77
The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga
515 pp., $13.57
The Darkest Days of the War: The Battles of Iuka & Corinth
389 pp., $29.70
Comment: Cozzens is one of the best there is, and these four books
were all essential additions to my collection.
Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle
494 pp., $23.10
by Kenneth W. Noe
Comment: This is generally considered the best account of Perryville
available, though Hafendorfer's book is good too.
Shiloh: The Battle That Changed the Civil War
430 pp., OOP in hardcover
by Larry J. Daniel
Comment: Although Sword's book is good too, I prefer Daniel's account
Embattled Arkansas: The Prairie Grove Campaign of 1862
580 pp., OOP in HC
by Michael E. Banasik
Comment: I haven't read this yet, but everything I've heard points to
this being an excellent account of Prairie Grove, including the
Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864
688 pp., OOP in HC
by Albert E. Castel
Commment: The best account of the Campaign, but I'd eventually like
to see a multi-volume treatment similar to Bearss' Vicksburg Campaign.
Sherman's Horsemen: Union Cavalry Operations in the Atlanta Campaign
645 pp., OOP in HC
by David Evans
Comment: I had this sitting on one of my bookshelves for a few years
when the members of this group heartily endorsed it. I couldn't
agree more. I am not a huge fan of Cavalry raids, but Evans keeps
things interesting throughout. I'm almost finished reading the book
and I should have a review and summary up on the board within the
next few weeks.
That's about it off the top of my head, although I'm sure I'm missing
a few others I'd highly recommend (I'm at work).
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "The Coys" <thecoys@k...> wrote:
> Ok....the holidays are upon us. I am being asked what books I want
(need). My answer is "all of them" but I'm not being taken seriously
for some reason. :) Anyway, I need to narrow my list down some so
I'm coming to all of you. What books are you asking for and/or what
books are needed in your library? What do you all recommend?
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