Hello, I am alive and still kicking though my blogging has not reflected that as I have been drowning and swimming these past few weeks of my first foray as an A.P. U.S. history teacher.
Anyway, I have been reading — when I can — my fellow bloggers and there has been some chatter concerning a “50 greatest books on the Civil War of all time” via the Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable of Philadelphia who apparently published the results of a poll that resulted in the said list. Eric was happy by the listing of his books while Kevin, predictably, bemoaned that the list reflects the old guard of 55+ white men. (This link is in check with this observation.)
I have no idea if this list reflects old racist white men or stupidity or whatever, but I would bet you that these books outsell and are vastly more popular than the majority of social, racial, or gender based Civil War books that Kevin wishes dominated these lists. Right or wrong, maybe we should call these lists not the “Best” but the “Most Popular.” For the fact of the matter is that history books that deal with great historical figures and great historical events have always and will always dominate such lists. Nothing racial, ageist, sexiest, or anything else about it. Always has been and always will be.