- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "aot1952" <aot1952@y...> wrote:
>Thank you for the information. I guess I had never really considered
> "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
> Burns series.
> 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.
the issue before. I know I read Foote in the early 1980's. Perhaps
the better way to look at it would be how much criticism it has
received SINCE Burns. I don't believe I stated that Burns started
popular interest in the war. I believe it renewed interest in many
people who were seeing history presented in a totally new way and
also won some new converts. As you say, not all of us wackos have
been in action for 30+ years!!
Specialty history. An interesting and I think appropriate title.
Although I don't know how you can talk about the history of the war
without taking into consideration this new approach; whether you
agree with it or not. I had no intention of upsetting the apple cart
and introducing a forbidden discussion. I was simply stating that the
interpretation of history is ever changing.
- 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?
------- Original Message -------
From : chris bryant[mailto:paladinsf@...]
Sent : 12/11/2010 5:49:02 PM
To : email@example.com
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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