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Old 10-25-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I inherited "The Impending Crisis" by David Potter. What're the opinions on this one?
Highly informational with academic orientation. I read it as an assigned book in a post grad class. There is motivated reading and there is mandatory reading, and the latter typically is sort of a skim and extract the key points approach rather than just enjoying the book. I wasn't left with a big desire to go back and read it properly.
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:29 PM
 
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I started with Catton when young and still find his books excellent. "THis Hallowed Ground" is Catton's one volume histroy of the war and is unapolegetically from the Federal point of view.

McPherson is the standard.

Foote is entertaining but you have to watch him; he's not footnoted and didn't let the truth ruin a good story.
Touche' yankee! LOL
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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The best book on the Civil War is--------"Thank You For Giving Me a Reason To Never Take The Blame For Anything That Goes Wrong In My Life" by ANGUS PODGORNY!
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: the sticks
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Although it is a little long, 'From Manassas to Appomattox' is a great personal account of this war by LtGen James Longstreet, CSA. Included are letters written to fellow officers, including to and from Gen RE Lee, and family during this diary like dialogue. Highly recommend.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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The best book on the Civil War is--------"Thank You For Giving Me a Reason To Never Take The Blame For Anything That Goes Wrong In My Life" by ANGUS PODGORNY!
Why Cap'n Dan! I didn't know you cared!

By the way, I'm just about finished with the book you recommended as the definitive history on the Civil War - Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell! Thanks so much for the heads-up!

My those Yankees certainly were a mean and rascally lot, weren't they? No match for Miz Scarlett, though!
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Flyover Country
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The trilogy by Bruce Catton would surely rank as amongst the best works on the Civil War. The Pulitzer Prize winner A Stillness At Appomattox should be considered required reading for any Civil War buff.

It gets my vote.

And for a first person perspective, the memoir of Tennessee Volunteer Sam Watkins is required reading. Sam Watkins was the Confederate soldier who was featured prominently in Ken Burns great documentary on the subject.

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Old 10-27-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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Why Cap'n Dan! I didn't know you cared!

By the way, I'm just about finished with the book you recommended as the definitive history on the Civil War - Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell! Thanks so much for the heads-up!

My those Yankees certainly were a mean and rascally lot, weren't they? No match for Miz Scarlett, though!
And certainly no match for Mr. Rhett Butler, either
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:23 PM
 
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As long as you're talking about the orginal Rhett, I'd agree!
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:54 PM
 
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The trilogy by Bruce Catton would surely rank as amongst the best works on the Civil War.

Catton's work, in my opinion, should be considered canon.

But the best read are the three volume tone written by Shelby Foote, which I have read cover to cover at least three times, and I don't care what Irishtom has to say about Foote's lack of footnotes.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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Catton's work, in my opinion, should be considered canon.

But the best read are the three volume tone written by Shelby Foote, which I have read cover to cover at least three times, and I don't care what Irishtom has to say about Foote's lack of footnotes.
I've got the the discontinued nine-book set of Foote... They were on some sort of mega-clearance at Books a Million and I got seven of the books for like $4 a pop... Eventually found the other two elsewhere..

Yes, I'm proud of myself.. Looked on EBay and it looks like I got a pretty good deal...
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