A Victor, Not a Butcher by Edward H. Bonekemper, III
A Victor, Not a Butcher is a passionate and provocative military biography that will enlighten, entertain, and infuriate readers of Civil War History. It includes photos and maps.
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My interest in Grant was keen and my prior reading on him limited, so I looked forward to this book. While the story itself proved compelling and the author supported his theme quite adequately, his writing style made this book far longer and much less satisfying than its content warranted. Rather than let the facts speak for themselves, the author sermonized, repeated the same platitudes ad nauseum, and worked the defenseless word "butcher" to death. The author seemed compelled, too, to bash the ultimately conquered Robert E. Lee. The only reputation to suffer would be the author's, not Lee's; all Civil War leaders had foibles, and this book's treatment of Lee seemed petty, defensive, and unnecessary to the author's aggrandizement of Grant. Lee deserved high respect, but not sainthood; the author would do well to recognize that the same goes for Unconditional Surrender Grant. I now look forward to reading more on Grant, but nothing else from Mr. Bonekemper. In fairness, the editor undoubtedly shares responsibility for the ultimate ponderousness of this treatment. This book is worthy of careful abridgement.