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By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 09, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Topics Sorted by Magazine America's Civil War America's Civil War Book Reviews American History American History Reviews More American History Reviews Aviation History Aviation History Book Reviews More Aviation History Book Reviews British Heritage British Heritage Book Reviews Civil War Ti…

Book Reviews - March 2013

By Marty Jones Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 D. Scott Hartwig Johns Hopkins University Press 2012, $49.95 For nearly three decades, Stephen W. Sears' Land­­scape Turned Red has been the gold standard among books about the September 1862 Maryland Campaign. Scott Hartwig's big new book now can lay claim to pre-eminence on this topic—but only for events through September 16, where this first volume of his proj…

Book Reviews - January 2013

By Marty Jones Published: November 09, 2012 at 5:54 pm

…Williams seems to have read them all. While the monograph is clearly a labor of love, writing in the active voice and some judicious editing of anecdotes and quotations would have made the narrative flow more harmonious. The book could also have easily done without some of the author's breathless hyperbole (e.g., "At least they were on their way somewhere even though they all knew that that somewhere might mark the site of their extinc…

Book Reviews - May 2013

By Marty Jones Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:10 am

Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863 by Monte Akers, Casemate 2012, $32.95 The 12 months covered in this book—June 1862 to June 1863—arguably marked Jeb Stuart's zenith as the Army of Northern Virginia's chief of cavalry. Among the flamboyant general's accomplishments were his two rides around George McClellan's Army of the Potomac, his celebrated Decem­ber 18…

Book Reviews - July 2012

By Marty Jones Published: May 09, 2012 at 4:40 pm

…2009 conference held at the prestigious British university. The Global Lincoln has both a Western European and biographical orientation, as might be expected from Carwardine, a Lincoln biographer himself. In fact, one of the book's key features is found in the appendix by George Scratcherd on "Foreign Language Biographies of Lincoln," which clearly shows that biographies in Chinese, Japanese and Korean have come to dominate the fi…

Book Reviews - September 2012

By Marty Jones Published: July 02, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest: Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga by Jack Hurst Basic Books, 2012, $32 In his new book on the Western Theater in the years 1862-63, Jack Hurst finds intriguing, overlooked similarities in battlefield opponents Ulysses S. Grant and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Both men suffered poverty, hardship and social ostracism before the war—experiences Hurst maintains were the source of their strength on the battlefiel…

Boyer vs. Tefertiller: Penslingers Face off over Wyatt Earp

By sierra adare | Published: August 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

…lenn Boyer's body of work includes Suppressed Murder of Wyatt Earp, I Married Wyatt Earp and Wyatt Earp's Tombstone Vendetta. Casey Tefertiller's Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend came out in 1997. These books are all sold as nonfiction; however, each author tells a very different story of Earp's life. In his book's bibliography, Tefertiller does not list any of Boyer's books. Tefertiller and others have quest…

Book Reviews - November 2012

By Marty Jones Published: August 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

…in his grandchildren's possession. More­over, the grandchildren refused to talk to Goff and denied him access to Hildene, Robert's Vermont home where he died in 1926. The 82 volumes of Robert's letterpress books were at Hildene, as well as the file covering his mother's insanity trial and residence at a sanitarium. For­tunately, Emerson was able to use this material with telling effect, focusing on salient moments, bo…

Stalin, the Russians, and Their War, 1941-1945 (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm

…to restore those individual and personal aspects of Soviet history suppressed by 50 years of censorship intended to create a homogeneous, heroic and dehumanized picture of Soviet resistance to Nazi aggression. In general, the book is quite similar to Studs Terkel's The Good War: a collection of personal reminiscences about the war from a variety of viewpoints. Relying largely on memoirs and articles from the Russian popular press, it is unsy…

Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:09 pm

Reviewed by Major Robert L. Bateman, U.S. army By Jonathan ShayScribner's, New York, 2003 A timeless book links the Classical Greek experience of war with the more recent experience of Vietnam. Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (Scribner's, New York, 2003, paperback $14) is Jonathan Shay's second book on the general topic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Vietnam veterans, the p…

Civil War Book Reviews

By smock Published: December 06, 2011 at 11:39 am

From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature, by Randall Fuller (Oxford University Press, 2010) Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America, by Davis S. Reynolds (Norton, 2010) REVIEWED BY NAN SIEGEL "The real war will never get into the books," claimed Walt Whitman. Yet Whitman's work is indelibly linked with the Civil War: Witness two of his best-known poems, Drum-Tap…

Lightning Strike: The Secret Mission to Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm

Reviewed by Robert CitinoBy Donald A. DavisSt. Martin's, New York, 2005 Donald Davis' book will appeal to general readers, but as a work of history it is sadly lacking in many respects. The book covers an interesting episode in the Pacific War but not in a way that brings out the episode's major themes or lessons for students of the conflict. For one thing, the author takes too much time and space to set the context for…

Countdown to Victory: The Final European Campaigns of World War II (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:14 pm

Reviewed by Robert Citino By Barry TurnerWilliam Morrow, New York, 2004 It's hard to review Barry Turner's new book without reference to the recent work by Max Hastings, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945. Hastings' anecdotal history of the last year of the war is not without its problems, in particular a trite and outdated analysis of the allegedly poor fighting qualities of the American, British and Canadia…


By Marty Jones Published: January 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

…king on this extraordinary crusade. Besides the well-known raiders like Dangerfield Newby and Brown's sons Owen, Oliver and Watson, Horwitz deftly paints word pictures of men whose names rarely grace the pages of history books: one-time schoolteacher John Henry Kagi, Brown's second-in-command; Lewis Leary and John Copeland, both born into slavery but then living free in Ohio; William Leeman, a shoe factory worker from Maine; and Albert…

Multi-Media Review: Civil War Book Review (Periodical) : CWT

By HistoryNet Staff Published: August 19, 2000 at 1:01 am

CIVIL WAR BOOK REVIEW, For subscription information, call 615-292-8926, extension 34. A consuming curiosity about Civil War history and an insatiable appetite for books go together like a saber and scabbard. It's not television that converts people with a nagging interest in the war into bona fide experts. It's the Shelby Foote trilogy spread across the coffee table. It's the soldiers' memoirs, biographies of generals, and wa…

The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Alternate Scenarios (Book Review)

By HistoryNet Staff Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:11 pm

Reviewed by John D. BurtEdited by Peter TsourasGreenhill Books, London, 2004 I must start this review with a word of truth in advertising. The latest alternate history book from Greenhill, The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler's Alternate Scenarios, is not about Adolf Hitler's alternate scenarios for his 1944 Ardennes offensive. I would have expected chapters on the various German schemes put forth during the planning stages of the…

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