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Old October 6th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #21

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For my fellow admirers of Mr. U.S. Grant:

Grant: Jean Edward Smith: 9780684849270: Amazon.com: Books
Grant: Jean Edward Smith: 9780684849270: Amazon.com: Books


Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America: Mark Perry: 9780679642732: Amazon.com: Books
Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America: Mark Perry: 9780679642732: Amazon.com: Books


Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction,1861-1868: Brooks D. Simpson: 9780807819661: Amazon.com: Books
Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction,1861-1868: Brooks D. Simpson: 9780807819661: Amazon.com: Books


ULYSSES S GRANT (Commanders in Focus): Brian Murphy: 0978185753359: Amazon.com: Books
ULYSSES S GRANT (Commanders in Focus): Brian Murphy: 0978185753359: Amazon.com: Books


When General Grant Expelled the Jews: Jonathan D. Sarna: 9780805242799: Amazon.com: Books
When General Grant Expelled the Jews: Jonathan D. Sarna: 9780805242799: Amazon.com: Books


Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier & President (Modern Library Paperbacks): Geoffrey Perret: 9780375752209: Amazon.com: Books
Ulysses S. Grant: Soldier & President (Modern Library Paperbacks): Geoffrey Perret: 9780375752209: Amazon.com: Books


Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War: Charles Bracelen Flood: Amazon.com: Books
Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War: Charles Bracelen Flood: Amazon.com: Books


Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year: Charles Bracelen Flood: 9780306820281: Amazon.com: Books
Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year: Charles Bracelen Flood: 9780306820281: Amazon.com: Books


Personal Memoirs (Penguin Classics): Ulysses S. Grant: 9780140437010: Amazon.com: Books
Personal Memoirs (Penguin Classics): Ulysses S. Grant: 9780140437010: Amazon.com: Books


The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant): Julia Dent Grant: 9780399113864: Amazon.com: Books
The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant): Julia Dent Grant: 9780399113864: Amazon.com: Books

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Old January 19th, 2013, 09:04 PM   #25

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This thread is a goldmine for someone like me, who lives in a country where there aren't really books on the American Civil War in bookstores... Since i'm dependent on ordering them, I've added this in favourites

A nice book I've read on the ACW, which is great for people who are beginning to read about it, is the book by John Keegan. It focuses 99% on the military side of the war.

The American Civil War: A Military History: Amazon.co.uk: John Keegan: Books
The American Civil War: A Military History: Amazon.co.uk: John Keegan: Books


Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a boatload of books to order at Waterstone's
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Old January 20th, 2013, 04:48 PM   #26

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I plan to post in it more often, V, glad you're enjoying it

Keegan's book on the Civil War does get mixed reviews, but overall I think its worth reading; its a very snappy and crisply-written work.
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Irish, German, and Scandinavian immigrants made a huge contribution to Federal manpower; here are a couple of works on the topic. Burton's work is very concise and deeply-researched; be warned, its not light reading. Bilby's focuses more on the combat experiences and the camp life of New York's famous Irish Brigade.

Melting Pot Soldiers: The Union Ethnic Regiments (North's Civil War): William L. Burton: 9780823218288: Amazon.com: Books
Melting Pot Soldiers: The Union Ethnic Regiments (North's Civil War): William L. Burton: 9780823218288: Amazon.com: Books


The Irish Brigade In The Civil War: The 69th New York and Other Irish Regiments of The Army Of The Potomac: Joseph G. Bilby: 9780938289975: Amazon.com: Books
The Irish Brigade In The Civil War: The 69th New York and Other Irish Regiments of The Army Of The Potomac: Joseph G. Bilby: 9780938289975: Amazon.com: Books


The Greatest Brigade: How the Irish Brigade Cleared the Way to Victory in the American Civil War: Thomas J. Craughwell: Amazon.com: Books
The Greatest Brigade: How the Irish Brigade Cleared the Way to Victory in the American Civil War: Thomas J. Craughwell: Amazon.com: Books


New York's Fighting Sixty-Ninth: A Regimental History of Service in the Civil War's Irish Brigade and the Great War's Rainbow Division: John Mahon: 9780786461042: Amazon.com: Books
New York's Fighting Sixty-Ninth: A Regimental History of Service in the Civil War's Irish Brigade and the Great War's Rainbow Division: John Mahon: 9780786461042: Amazon.com: Books


My Life In The Irish Brigade: The Civil War Memoirs Of Private William Mccarter, 116th Pennsylvania Infantry: William McCarter, Kevin E. O'Brien: 9780306813238: Amazon.com: Books
My Life In The Irish Brigade: The Civil War Memoirs Of Private William Mccarter, 116th Pennsylvania Infantry: William McCarter, Kevin E. O'Brien: 9780306813238: Amazon.com: Books


Memoirs of Chaplain Life: 3 Years in the Irish Brigage with the Army of the Potomac (Irish in the Civil War): Lawrence Kohl: 9780823212514: Amazon.com: Books
Memoirs of Chaplain Life: 3 Years in the Irish Brigage with the Army of the Potomac (Irish in the Civil War): Lawrence Kohl: 9780823212514: Amazon.com: Books

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Here is one I just finished and I thought it very interesting. It mostly measures the war in terms of race and class antagonisms. Its main point on slaves, that they were liberating themselves before the Emancipation Proclamation, I've read plenty of times before, so blew through it rather quickly. Since I started reading on the war several years ago, I've found tensions between common civilians and their governments, North & South, one of the most interesting aspects of the war. David Williams lays it out right here.

Overall, I can't say Williams said anything untrue; all of what he says actually happened. But, I think its very hard to measure the degree to which this is correct. A previous Williams' book I read (on the war in the Chattahoochee Valley) has Williams thoroughly in the "Loss of Will" camp (that the South lost not militarily to the North, but lost because they quit fighting because of disgust with the Davis government). But I'm not convinced that issues like the 20 Slave Law disheartened most Southerners. (I tend to lean more towards Gary Gallagher's position of overall Southern commitment in his book The Confederate War.

But it certainly did disenchanted some; just as Lincoln had plenty of Copperheads to deal with. If Williams is inflating class tensions, both North and South, he certainly isn't inventing it. So I think this is an excellent book to read. Like all other C.W. books, it has to be measured against those that downplay class dissentions. How do you actually measure class dissent in the Civil War? I haven't figured that out yet. But, that it was there is undoubted, and Williams' book captures it very well.

A People's History of the Civil War: Struggles for the Meaning of Freedom (New Press People's History): David Williams, Howard Zinn: 9780739474709: Amazon.com: Books
A People's History of the Civil War: Struggles for the Meaning of Freedom (New Press People's History): David Williams, Howard Zinn: 9780739474709: Amazon.com: Books

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