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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011


    It amazilll...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2003

    An interesting take on a tired subject

    Until reading this book I thought strategies at Gettysburg had been argued from every conceivable angle but to make a hero of Longstreet who 'dropped the ball' is stretching the truth farther than logic allows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Entertaining, but biased

    First, to be fair, the book is splendidly entertaining. It's written in a style and manner that brings credit to the authors, and I felt compelled to find excuses not to put it down. However, the failing in the book comes about when the historical revision is pumped too full of serendity and bias (some of which is to be expected.) Confederate officers are portrayed as noble sages, while Union leadership plods along doltingly and ineffectually. Lee's inexplicable concession to Longstreet's defense-first ideology is the first step in a long chain of serendipitous happenstances. The insensate nature of of virtually every Union member above non-com status allows the outset of Lee's proposed ploy to go off without a hitch. The Rebel army makes nary a misstep along the way, leading to July 4th's bloody finale. The authors even found a way to place the disheartened Ewell in such a position as to allow his inevitable reticence to cause the South's strategy nothing more than a hiccup. The road was goldenly paved to allow the South to discern the Union's research of and plans for Pipe Creek, and to use the same against the Union. Even Pickett is redeemed when, as the fighting plays out, he is allowed to have at the Union's Fifth Corps, and rides from the battlefield a glorious victor. While at times seemingly contrived, and oozing of wishful thinking, the book has me waiting not-so-patiently for the second in the trilogy, if only to see if the authors recognize the inevitability of what history has borne out of those bloody times. I just hope I don't come to the end of book three and realize I've been drawn in by 1500 pages of Old South dogmatic rhetoric.

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