The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to the Confederacy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    Some Authors Love Their Subject

    It's nice to read a book where the author clearly is sympathetic toward the subject. I don't mean that the author sees the Confederacy through rose-colored glasses, but he obviously is very in tune with how the Civil War affected Southern civilians, and his sympathy comes through clearly. I have read darn near every book on the Civil War (or so it seems), and some stand out because they are well-written and the author's warmth and humanity shine through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2002

    A Real Pleasure to Read

    OK, I'll admit it isn't really a 'pleasure' to read about the suffering that took place during the Civil War. But this book is well-written, with a lot of the gossippy details about famous people that make history come alive. I was intrigued by the author's comparison of Union generals like Sherman to contemporary terrorists. Not everyone will agree, but he does paint a vivid picture of what the South endured during the war years. My only complaint--I wish the book was twice as long as it is. It does conclude with a neat chapter on contemporary controveries over the Rebel flag.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2002

    About time!

    Well-written, lots of pictures, very easy to follow. Corrects many current misconceptions, gives logical analysis of the War Between the States. You can't fail to at least understand the Confederate point of view after reading this book unless you already have your mind made up to disagree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    Best Book on the Confederate States

    I was not a history fan in my school years, but I've been bitten by the Civil War bug, and I seek out books that make this period come alive for me. This book definitely does it, with a lot of juicy little tidbits about the famous people and also the daily lives of Southern civilians. Probably the best part of the book was Part 1, which gives the background to the war and draws a vivid picture of why the country split in 1861. I learned a lot more about the life of the plantation owners, the slaves, and the vast majority of Southern whites who did not own slaves and did not fight the war to preserve slavery. I think the author has a pro-South bias, but then, so do I. Or at least he is sympathetic to the Confederacy, which most readers won't mind too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    A Well-done Good-Ole-Rebel Kind of Book

    In this PC world we live in, it's refreshing to know a book like this can be featured in major bookstores and on bookstore websites. There is nothing offensive here, but the author dares to look at major US figures like Generals Grant and Sherman and make them look less than noble. In fact, he equates the work of many Union generals with terrorism, and I was inclined to agree. On the whole, the book is a balanced look at a controversial topic, namely the Confederate States, a region where most people did not own slaves but who were caught up in the system and certainly suffered the consequences during the War and afterward. My one regret was that the book did not spend more time on the Reconstruction period following the War, but I suppose there were limitations of space. I think most people who had Rebel ancestors (that would include myself) would enjoy this book, and I think all others will at least get a fresh perspective on the causes of the Civil War and what the war years meant to Southerners (both white and black) during those troubled times.

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