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Published 1/15/2020

KUTZLER: Living By Inches (2019)

By: Brian Matthew Jordan Category: Book Reviews

Evan Kutzler's "Living By Inches" shows that Robert Penn Warren was right; the Civil War is our 'felt' history.

Published 1/8/2020

HOLLOWAY & WHITE: 'Our Little Monitor' (2018)

By: Dwight Hughes Category: Book Reviews

Anna Gibson Holloway and Jonathan W. White's "Our Little Monitor" offers cutting-edge maritime archaeology and thorough historical research....

Published 1/1/2020

SCHAFF: Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy (2019)

By: Thomas A. Horrocks Category: Book Reviews

As Jon D. Schaff's "Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy" shows, there is no discernible slowdown in the publication of books on the sixteenth president.

Published 12/25/2019

THIBODEAU: Bicycling Gettysburg (2019)

By: Codie Eash Category: Book Reviews

Sue Thibodeau's "Bicycling Gettysburg" encourages sightseers to temporarily ditch modern means of viewing the field in favor of traversing the south-central Pennsylvania countryside on a bike.

Published 12/18/2019

STOTELMYER: Too Useful to Sacrifice (2019)

By: Zachery Fry Category: Book Reviews

In Steven R. Stotelmyer's "Too Useful to Sacrifice," George B. McClellan has now received his day in court.

Published 12/11/2019

BEILEIN: William Gregg's Civil War (2019)

By: Keith Altavilla Category: Book Reviews

"William Gregg’s Civil War" is brisk and lively as the guerrilla moves through his many experiences serving under William Quantrill.

Published 12/4/2019

McILWAIN: The Million-Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President (2018)

By: Todd Arrington Category: Book Reviews

Christopher Lyle McIlwain Sr.'s "The Million-Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President" does an admirable job ...

Published 11/27/2019

PETERS: Darkness at Chancellorsville (2019)

By: Chris Mackowski Category: Book Reviews

"The narrative comes to life" in Ralph Peters' "Darkness at Chancellorsville," one "of the best-written battle sequences I've ever read."

Published 11/20/2019

GWYNNE: Hymns of the Republic (2019)

By: Cecily Zander Category: Book Reviews

S.C. Gwynne's "Hymns of the Republic" is "a readable narrative that carries readers from Ulysses S. Grant’s arrival in the Eastern Theater to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House."

Published 11/13/2019

DANIEL: Conquered (2019)

By: Robert L. Glaze Category: Book Reviews

Larry J. Daniel's "Conquered: Why the Confederacy Failed" is a convincing original argument, a comprehensive historiographical essay, and a compelling narrative.