- "Wonder how much attention was given to Foote's work in the 25
years or so BEFORE the Burns film?"
Well,The Civil War: A Narrative, published in three volumes between
1958 and 1974, was hailed by critics and historians as a unique
masterpiece. It is now in its 20th printing. I am pretty sure that
the first 15 of those printings occurred BEFORE the Burns series.
Now these are the hard cover printings not the soft cover one that
became very popular after the Burns series.
Also before anyone had ever heard of Ken Burns, Foote had been
awarded a Guttenberg Award for the first volume and had been
nominated for a Pulitizer Prize in history.
Plenty of Civil War nuts, students and scholars knew all about
Shelby Foote before 'popular' America discovered him though the
No offense intended at all to anyone but for some of us wackos that
have been Civil War buffs since the 1950s and reenactors in the 60s
and 70s it is always interesting for us to hear how the Ken Burns
series started 'popular' American interest the Civil War.
As far as the relatively new emphasis on social, economic, gender,
racial and other 'speciality' historical discipline I am not sure
exactly what to think about it but I do know that is certainly a
subject for another forum.
- I really liked Sherman's Horsemen, by Evans along with those you have mentioned. Castel's Decision in the West is an excellent read as is Embrace an Angry Wind, The Confederacy's Last Hurrah: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville by Wiley Sword.
From: "pete@..." <pete@...>
Sent: Sun, December 12, 2010 10:45:14 AM
Subject: RE: [civilwarwest] Books
Wiley Sword and Larry Daniels' books on Shiloh
Connelly ARMY OF THE HEARTLAND and AUTUMN OF GLORY
Castel DECISION IN THE WEST THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN
Peter Cozzens books on Stones River (Murfreesboro) and Iuka & Corinth
Horn THE DECISIVE BATTLE OF NASHVILLE
Davis SHERMAN'S MARCH TO THE SEA
Miers THE WEB OF VICTORY (Vicksburg)
Horn THE ARMY OF TENNESSEE
Woodworth NOTHING BUT VICTORY THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE
Sherman and Grant's MEMOIRS
Along with Chris' question, what thoughts does the group have on WAR LIKE THE THUNDERBOLT?
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From : chris bryant[mailto:paladinsf@...]
Sent : 12/11/2010 5:49:02 PM
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Subject : RE: [civilwarwest] Books
Been pretty slow since I subscribed;maybe everybody's on vacation?Thought I'd ask:what books do you particularly recommend on the war in the
west?I like Thomas Lawrence Connelly;he had a lot to do with my interest in the west and I'm convinced that he was right about the relative
importance of the theater and the small minded outlook of R.E.LEE.I've read some other books and articles but thought I'd like to hear if this list
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