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Robert E. Lee: Icon for a Nation
Robert E. Lee: Icon for a Nation
by Brian Holden Ried
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to recommend., 26 Jun. 2016
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Brian Holden Reid is probably the leading British expert on the American Civil War and this is a well written account of the life of Robert E. Lee. It's a slim volume and ideal for anyone who want to get the essence of the man quickly.

Easy to recommend.


Shiloh : Bloody April
Shiloh : Bloody April
by Wiley Sword
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Put it on your bookshelf., 26 Jun. 2016
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It is hard not to like Wiley Sword's books, he writes so well. If you want a single volume history of Shiloh you won't go far wrong here. I'm not sure that I agree with his ideas about the importance of the death of Albert Sidney Johnson to the outcome of the battle but it is an interesting idea.

Put it on your bookshelf.


The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command (A Midland Book)
The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command (A Midland Book)
by Edward Hagerman
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for serious students, 26 Jun. 2016
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This is very much an academic study of interest mainly to those who wish to dig into the details of the ACW. It's theme is how warfare changed through the ACW. It is very well written. Essential for serious students.


General Grant and the Rewriting of History
General Grant and the Rewriting of History
by Frank Varney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Cherry-picked history, 4 Jun. 2016
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There's cherry-picking and there's cherry-picking and then there is Frank Varney! Yes he shows lots of primary source evidence for his case but it's the stuff he doesn't show that undermines it. For example read Sheridan's memoirs and yes he says the army regretted Rosecrans' departure but he also says how worried the officers were by the way Rosecrans pursued Bragg splitting his army into small pieces (in contravention of accepted military doctrine) and found himself in a battle he didn't want against a concentrated enemy. This was simple military incompetence. (By the way an army regretting the departure of its general is no sign of ability. The Army of the Potomac loved McClellan and he proved to be useless.)

Rosecrans' advance to Chattanooga that Varney praises so much was execrably slow. Armies manoeuvre to fight they don't (or shouldn't) manoeuvre for the sake of it. Varney also praises Rosecrans for how well he fought at Stones River. He certainly needed to fight well because it was his faulty initial disposition of his army that caused the problems.

I'm sorry Dr Varney but your book in Lincoln's words "doesn't scour".


Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman (Complete)
Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman (Complete)
by William Tecumseh Sherman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.19

5.0 out of 5 stars A key source, 25 May 2016
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Sherman did not have the literary skill of Grant so this isn't a delight to read like Grant's memoirs. Large parts of the book are just copies of correspondence from the time. However, it is a key primary source from one of the major players in the Civil War and as such is invaluable to the historian and of great interest to the amateur enthusiast.


General Ulysses S. Grant: The Soldier and the Man
General Ulysses S. Grant: The Soldier and the Man
by Edward Longacre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Special pleading?, 25 May 2016
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I suppose this is quite interesting if you are a fan of Rosecrans but it looks to be a case of special pleading to me. Even if Grant was ungenerous or even unfair to Rosecrans he was a pretty poor general. It wasn't Grant who got his army in a mess at Chickamauga by concentrating forward in the face of the enemy. It wasn't Grant who fled the battlefield at Chickamauga leaving Thomas to sort out the mess. Lastly it wasn't Grant who did nothing whilst his army starved at Chattanooga.

It's interesting as a possible sidelight on the Civil War but nothing more in my opinion. Oh and by the way, whilst Grant was unable to handle his drink he had none of the characteristics of an alcoholic.


Blackout: Reinventing Women for Wartime British Cinema (Princeton Legacy Library)
Blackout: Reinventing Women for Wartime British Cinema (Princeton Legacy Library)
by Antonia Lant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent academic study but good for the layman too, 20 April 2016
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This is an excellent academic study of how women were portrayed in wartime films. It is full of useful factual information and it promotes some challenging ideas. I'm not sure I go along with all of them but they certainly make you think. I very much like the discussion of the film The Gentle Sex The Gentle Sex [DVD] and her idea that the Blackout was a key cultural feature in wartime films rings true. The book is very well written and a pleasure to read. I've used it as a key source in an academic essay.


Hoplites: Classical Greek Battle Experience
Hoplites: Classical Greek Battle Experience
by Victor Davis Hanson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Greek warfare for over two centuries was a wonderful, absurd conspiracy, 15 Mar. 2016
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If you are interested in Hoplite warfare this is a must have book. It describes in detail the mechanics of such warfare and is an advocate of the othismos (shoving) theory of hoplite warfare. He argues that of necessity wars were short, usually one day affairs with just one battle, and widespread destruction was avoided. You argue with your neighbour, have a fight, someone wins and then you go home with the minimum loss to each side commensurate with someone winning. Hanson says: 'In short, Greek warfare for over two centuries was a wonderful, absurd conspiracy.' He seems clear that the battles were spear thrusts on contact but then mainly shoving because proximity made anything else very difficult.


1615 Gabrieli in Venice (1 Hybrid SACD + 1 Pure Audio Blu-ray disc)
1615 Gabrieli in Venice (1 Hybrid SACD + 1 Pure Audio Blu-ray disc)
Price: £15.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Feb. 2016
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Just beautiful music, wonderfully sung in a perfect recording


Ulysses S. Grant: A Bibliography (Bibliographies of the Presidents of the United States)
Ulysses S. Grant: A Bibliography (Bibliographies of the Presidents of the United States)
by Marie Ellen Kelsey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £86.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant resource, 5 Jan. 2016
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This is an academic resource and invaluable to a serious student of the American Civil War. If you want to find all the source documents for a particular aspect of USG's life and career this is the place to start.


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