Category Archives: Books & Reviews

REVIEW: The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War

The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War Donald Stoker (Hardback, 512 pages) I’m going to go out on what should be a well occupied limb ready to break under the weight and say that Donald Stoker’s The Grand … Continue reading

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REVIEW: A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America’s Hidden History

Kenneth C. Davis, A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America’s Hidden History. HarperCollins, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-06-111820-3. Mr. Davis attempted to cover the first 50 years of the 19th century by following the … Continue reading

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“A Savage Conflict” Wins Distinguished Book Prize from Military Historians

A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War, By Daniel E. Sutherland From the News-wire: Newswise — Daniel E. Sutherland, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded the Distinguished Book Prize … Continue reading

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First Ladies from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama (Fourth Edition) Betty Caroli From the press release: Dr. Betty Boyd Caroli, historian and biographer of first ladies in the United States, will speak at Manhattan College on Saturday, March 28 at … Continue reading

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Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World

Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World by Malcolm Potts Malcolm Potts explores the questions concerning the biological connections of actions such as war and sex. Potts has a broad … Continue reading

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A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America’s Civil War 1854-1877

A People at War Civilians and Soldiers in America’s Civil War Carol Sheriff and Scott Reynolds Nelson 384 pages; Paperback Editorial Review – Library Journal vol. 132 In a crowded field of books on the Civil War era, Nelson (Steel … Continue reading

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The Search for Order: 1877-1920

Robert H. Wiebe is the professor of history at Northwestern University, and is the author of The Segmented Society and Self Rule: A Cultural History of American Democracy, and The Search for Order, 1877-1920, the focus of this short post. … Continue reading

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Ira Stoll’s “Samuel Adams: A Life”

Type in “Samuel Adams” and do a google.com search and you are just as likely to come up with links and images referring to the Beer Company Samuel Adams. As historian Ira Stoll notes, “History has not been kind to … Continue reading

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The Long Shadow of the Civil War

The recent controversy surrounding Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell when he issued a proclamation in honor of Confederate History Month that did not include a reference to slavery — an unforgivable omission — the fact that the Civil War is still … Continue reading

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A Nice Review of my Book: 11th Wisconsin in the Civil War

I received a surprise email from the publicist at McFarland that a new review of my book, The 11th Wisconsin in the Civil War: A Regimental History, McFarland & Co. (Fall 2008) recently came out, which was a surprise as … Continue reading

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