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Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Decent for beginners, not for serious Civil War buffs

    I was given this book as a gift and had mixed feelings about it. On the plus side, it provided a decent overview of the War in the West and the Overland Campaign, two major parts of the war which I am only partially acquainted with. However, the book suffers from over- reliance on anecdotes and not enough hard research, meaning that it does not break any new ground. The lack of proper notation is frustrating for serious history readers, and I can only assume is meant to cover up the author's over-reliance on secondary sources. If you are looking for an introduction to the topic and have never read a book on the Civil War before, this may be for you, but for serious readers I would advise reading something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Hype or History?

    A good concept that superficially achieves its objective based primarily on secondary sources, this book leaves a critical historian to wonder about facts. For example, I would like to know who Commodore Samuel Foote was? I believe the writer meant Commodore Andrew Hull Foote. Less obvious errors, such as 'east' when 'west' was meant, cloud the narrative. However, this book is very readable as popular history.

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