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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.