Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Reviews Have to be "Critically" Negative?
- In a message dated 10/2/01 6:33:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
discussions of books which deal with the western theatre of the Civil
War are deemed off-topic, then our ability to discuss scholarship is
severely (perhaps fatally) limited. >>
I believed that you misconstrued my post. Most certainly books on the
Western theater should be discussed, but in the content of what happened,
what was the battle strategy, were did the battle go wrong, etc.; what the
battle commanders could have done or should have done rather than a given
author. One could say that he/she enjoyed the book or did not enjoy the
book, but to go into severe negative criticism on an author to a point where
it becomes character assassination, this I believe has no place in this forum.
Use the book to talk about battle events that took place so that all can
learn. One can never learn from negative criticism, only from positive
criticism; any instruction in leadership development will ascertain to that.
Basically, if one desires to bash a book or its author; bash the reviewer or
the reviews as a result of one's on personal bias, then let him/her open up
their own room and do the bashing there, rather than within this forum.
Hopefully this will clarify the true intent of my first post.