The Battle of Nashvilleby Benson Bobrick
A dynamic Civil War book with a fresh angle from an award-winning writer. Bobrick profiles General George H. Thomas, an overlooked scion of the Civil War, and shows the military choices that saved the Union. Also examined are President Lincoln, the causes of the war and the various personalities who have shaped our understanding of the war today. This compelling book, rich with visuals including maps, photos, original documents, and more, offers new insights into a key topic for American homes and classrooms. A particularly exciting read for boys.
The Battle of Nashville is another contribution to Knopf's list of high quality nonfiction such as Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley and Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong.
On the eve of the Civil War, two Virginians pledged their allegiances—Robert E. Lee to his state, George H. Thomas to his national government. By the end of the war, it was Thomas who won the battle that sealed Lee's fate, the Battle of Nashville, the "single most important battle of the Civil War," according to Bobrick, who generously calls Thomas "the greatest patriot-soldier America had ever produced," next to George Washington. Drawing on Master of War (2009), his adult biography of the general, he demonstrates a scholar's authority and writes lively, lucid prose. Abundant archival photographs, paintings, drawings, engravings and magazine illustrations add to the visual appeal of the volume, though more maps would have helped readers follow the flow of the war, a good idea for any study of the Civil War. Most of the volume is a history of the Civil War, though, highlighting the career of Gen. Thomas, and only the final chapter is devoted to the Battle of Nashville itself, a missed opportunity to make this the first full treatment of the battle for young readers. (appendices, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)
Meet the Author
Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed books for adults, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired, Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution, and Testament: A Soldier's Story of the Civil War. In 2002 he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, divide their time between New York and Vermont.
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