Keith D. Dickson is an associate professor of Military Studies at the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University. He earned his Ph.D. in American history at the University of Virginia and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets).
The Civil War For Dummiesby Keith D. Dickson
The Civil War was America’s trial by fire; its battles forged the nation we know today. We’re still fascinated with it – the national reckoning with slavery, the legendary generals and leaders, the epic and bloody clashes of armies, the impact on the daily lives of ordinary people. We visit its battlefields – mostly
The Civil War was America’s trial by fire; its battles forged the nation we know today. We’re still fascinated with it – the national reckoning with slavery, the legendary generals and leaders, the epic and bloody clashes of armies, the impact on the daily lives of ordinary people. We visit its battlefields – mostly idyllic patches of countryside near small towns and creeks – where more Americans died in combat than in all other wars combined, except for World War Two. And we tell its stories – of last charges, brother fighting brother, imprisonment and emancipation, and tragedy and rebirth. It is our country’s epic; the story of how we became who we are, and what price we paid.
The Civil War For Dummies is your complete introduction to this seminal conflict. Eschewing tedious historical pondering and military micro-analysis, this fun and information-rich guide gives an accurate overview of the event, from the war’s causes through the fighting to the aftermath. Inside you’ll discover:
- 1850-1860: what led to war
- First Bull Run: illusions lost
- Antietam: the bloodiest day
- The Emancipation Proclamation
- Heroes and goats of each major battle
- Jackson’s Valley Campaign
- Sherman’s March to the Sea
- Surrender at Appomattox
- And much more
Full of sidebars and illustrations, The Civil War For Dummies brings history to life with personalities, factoids, battle reports, strategic maps, and “what ifs.” In addition to the military and political history, you’ll also find out about:
- The African American experience in the war
- Women and the Civil War
- Native Americans and the war
- The life of the common soldier
- Banking and finance systems and the war
- “Firsts” that make the Civil War history’s first modern war
- Civil War food
- Civil War tourism: the best battlefields to visit, and how to get the most out of your trip
Written in an accessible style so you can start reading at any point in the story, The Civil War For Dummies makes a great cornerstone for learning about this violent and compelling chapter of American history.
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This is the poorest excuse for a history book I've ever read. Just because it's a "For Dummies" doesn't mean that the book doesn't matter. A few observations: I'd have been happier if the "legend" of map symbols did not say "calvary" twice, instead of "cavalry". Come on, folks, we admitted that we're dummies when we bought the book, but that doesn't mean we're idiots. I could have done without the seemingly random uses of "he or she", "him or her". The book is populated almost exclusively by male characters, as were the armies in question. Save the clumsy PC gibberish for "Political Correctness for Dummies". Johnson and Johnston are not the same person. "Army of Tennessee" and "Army of the Tennessee" are not the same army. Shifting from past tense to present tense in one set of bullet points is sub-literate. Using the present tense to describe past events is "History Channel" moronic. Describing a saber as curved and providing an illustration of a straight sword is not useful. To mislocate Forts Henry and Donelson is not acceptable. I could go on, but you get the idea. I won't bother mentioning the grammatical errors or the general clumsiness of the writing. I also won't detail the uselessness of the maps, or the paucity and poor quality of the illustrations. This is the first "For Dummies" that I haven't liked. Had it been my first purchase of a "For Dummies", I would never have purchased a second. Save your money
very well written. unbiased account of the facts we should all know ....the "for dummies" series of books are the best place to start to learn more on any topic. they are easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to absorb. you don't have to be a dummy!
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