Re: [civilwarwest] Re: new member
- Echoing Bill Bruner's recommendation.Foote's trilogy is widely published and likely not expensive. Set aside plenty of time because once you start reading it, you will not want to stop.
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- I recommend `The Blue and the Gray', Henry Steele Commager's 1957
treatment through the eyes of the participants
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> Bell Wileys two books The Story of Johnny Reb and the Story of
> are two books I read when I first got started. They give a great
view of the
> common soldier . Willey wrote the Story of Johnny Reb first. At
> he could still interview old soldiers for the book.
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- Starting literally from scratch...McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom would have the best grounding in American history leading up to it.
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Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] new member
From: Donald Pontious <don.pontious@...>
Date: Tue, February 24, 2009 8:51 am
On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 3:52 AM, <georgeraitt@ aol.com> wrote:
Yes, im a new member to this group from Aberdeen, Scotland. Could you give me the names of books to get me started regarding the civil war, nothing too heavy at the moment, just for the beginner.
"Eyewitness to the Civil War" from National Geographic will give an overview.
- Hi, George -I would agree that Foote's book and Catton's trilogy are excellent.I would also suggest the book "When is the Course of Human Events,"by Charles Adams.w r branham vvancouver, washingtonIn a message dated 2/27/2009 6:58:23 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, pbswan@... writes:
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<savage.albert@ ...> wrote:
> As a kid one of the first set of books to spark my interest was Bruce
> Catton's trilogy on the Army of the Potomac, "The Coming Fury"
> "Terrible Swift Sword" and "Never Call Retreat." For a general
> overview, Bruce Catton's "The Civil War" would be a good choice.
> Amazon has both the trilogy as a boxed set and "The Civil War" in
> paperback. Good luck on your search.
> Al Savage.
I strongly agree with Al's comments. Catton's trilogy is interesting,
just the right amount of detail for a start, and is written in a
memorable fashion. The single volume gives a quick and easily read
overview. I know folks who quote from these books in conversations
almost 50 years after reading them!
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