42552RE: [civilwarwest] Re: Book Recommendation - Stealing the General
- Nov 8, 2006
The only disappointing thing I have to say about the book is that because I know the outcome, I am trying to cheer the guys on and want them to get away but I know that it is futile. It seems like what started out as a “well-thought” out plan is falling apart because of silly mistakes that are occurring after the locomotive is stolen. I have enjoyed the background info that you have provided on cities, people and the railroad. I am at the point where the conductor and his compatriots are riding the handcar and have just reached the locomotive sitting at the siding of the cut-off. I think that one of the problems that I see happening is that Andrews and the others started becoming cocky and thinking that it was all over instead of causing more damage to the RR and trying to make better time.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of russellsbonds
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 9:35 AM
Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Book Recommendation - Stealing the General
Dear Bill, Ken, Bob, Tom and Steve:
I'm the author of Stealing the General, and I recently discovered
your group here. Thanks, Bill, for mentioning the book, and to all
of you who have ordered it. Please post here or send me an e-mail at
rbonds@.... com and let me know if you enjoy the book.
I'm a lifelong Georgia resident--I grew up almost literally in the
shadow of Kennesaw Mountain --and like all of you am a student of the
war in the (still overlooked) West. Also, I'm considering a number
of ideas for my next book topic. If any of you have a thought on a
Civil War story, battle or character that deserves more attention or
a new narrative treatment, please let me know.
Thanks again; I look forward to participating in the group.
--- In civilwarwest@ yahoogroups. com, "Bill Gower" <billgower@. ..>
>entitled "Stealing the
> Today I received in the mail, a newly published book
> General" by Russell S. Bonds. It's approximately 374 pages withlots of
> footnotes. His goal is to tell the story of the soldiers whoattempted to
> steal the General and their fate. I hadn't realized this but manyof the
> men on this raid received the Medal of Honor, which was given forthe first
> time in U.S. History. James M. McPherson has this to say about thebook,
> "The Great Locomotive Chase has been the stuff of legend and thedarling of
> Hollywood .Now we have a solid history of the Andrews Raid.
> Bond's stirring account makes clear why the raid failed and whathappened to
> the raiders." My only background on this event is the 1952 WaltDisney
> movie starring Fess Parker, so I am anxious to read the book andfind out
> more about this raid.
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