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Never Call Retreat

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great Read for Civil War Fans

I read the first two of Newt's series and enjoyed the second far more than the first. I'm biased in that I thank the Lord that the North won. Anyways, the ending of the third book is what I had expected. There are side episodes for PC. Although for actual command behavi...
I read the first two of Newt's series and enjoyed the second far more than the first. I'm biased in that I thank the Lord that the North won. Anyways, the ending of the third book is what I had expected. There are side episodes for PC. Although for actual command behavior of U.S. Grant, I recommend that folks read Keegan's 'The Mask of Command'. Grant is IMHO America's greatest military commander... Great read.

posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2005

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

What a sorry book

Newt and William will be writing a new book. It will be an Alternate History of the Revolutionary War. In in the Colonies will win. Then their next book will be an Alternate History of World War I. In it the Allies will win. Then they will write a stirring novel ab...
Newt and William will be writing a new book. It will be an Alternate History of the Revolutionary War. In in the Colonies will win. Then their next book will be an Alternate History of World War I. In it the Allies will win. Then they will write a stirring novel about World War II, where the Germans win the Battle of the Bulge but lose the war. What I may ask is the point?

posted by Anonymous on January 21, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    What a sorry book

    Newt and William will be writing a new book. It will be an Alternate History of the Revolutionary War. In in the Colonies will win. Then their next book will be an Alternate History of World War I. In it the Allies will win. Then they will write a stirring novel about World War II, where the Germans win the Battle of the Bulge but lose the war. What I may ask is the point?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Forstchen loves Grant

    The title says it. Grant comes East and suddenly the Union can do nothing wrong, and the Confederates become bumblers. Lee knew the war would require a political end - the Union had far more men and material. The entire point of the 1863 campaign was to tire the Union's people of the war. In the REAL war, Grant lost more men at Wilderness and Spotsylvania in 1864 than Lee had in his entire army ! Lee had no need to remain in Maryland if he'd already destroyed the AOP (twice) - and securing his route of retreat was one of the hallmarks of his command, so assuming he'd be trapped at Monocacy is puerile. The fiction of moving Grant's entire army east in a matter of weeks needs examination, also. Do the authors expect us to believe the confederacy had no army in the west at this time ? If the Army of Tennessee moves east (and so doing, uses up all rail transport), sure, they can fight Lee - while Bragg might well have ended up in Chicago. You can't have an army facing Bragg in eastern Tennessee while also moving it to fight Lee in Maryland. Overall, the first two books of this series were far better, though if a flanking maneuver at Gettysburg was what they wanted, a better mechanism would have been for Lee to have died at Chancellorsville instead of Jackson. I had hoped for something a bit more nuanced from Gingrich, but I guess Forstchen's Grant bias had to come through sometime.

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