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The Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals—In Their Own Words by Robert I. Girardi
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Apr 02, Martin rated it liked it. Is is really nothing of the kind.
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So it actually consists of snippets of memoirs and other histories of the time in which various people, veterans, politicians, and some Generals, discuss every single General on either side. We get the name of the gentleman, his CV Positions held, notable achievements, his demise if it happened during the war sometimes a photo- and then seve This book is billed as The Civil War Generals - In Their Own Words.
We get the name of the gentleman, his CV Positions held, notable achievements, his demise if it happened during the war sometimes a photo- and then several paragraphs, seldom over two pages in which the nature and style of subject is discussed. It's very wide- every dude is in here- but not very deep. Still a fun little read. As you might expect, the quotes end up being about equal thirds Complimentary , directly insulting, and thinly veiled insulting. And those dismayed at the hyper-political climate abroad NOW in America, will be amazed to know that party politics and religious differences figure in many of the most aggressive rants.
The Confederates are slightly nice to each other , but their generals seemed to have died at a faster clip, in keeping with a losing side. But the back and forth sniping is the meat and potatoes of this book- and you have to find the fun there, since it not that useful for direct historical purposes. I will say that they knew how to construct both sentences and elaborate insults- no mere "Bigly Stupid" or "Sad" for them.
Clean and concise or long and windy, their "disses" are a joy to read. This is a fine book for a junior reader if it hold their interest.
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Getting to know ALL the Generals is good, and getting some quotes on all of them is a good way to get to know them. Appendixes are Maps, A list of all the Contributing Veterans, a great list of all the battles with who fought where, and a great Bibliography. On the other hand- if you add a RPG aspect- then your game master wants this book at hand for pithy quotes- and very pithy some of these dudes were. A qualified recommendation.
View 1 comment. Feb 02, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: history-people , history-wars. I cannot say that I read this book cover to cover, but I did go through and pick out interesting things generals to read about, and then I went through again and found more interesting people, and then again, and again. I do not believe that this is a book that is meant to be read straight through. Rather, there is a section at the beginning that provides quotes and information on Generalship, and then the next two sections are alphabetical lists of the Union Generals and then the Confederate I cannot say that I read this book cover to cover, but I did go through and pick out interesting things generals to read about, and then I went through again and found more interesting people, and then again, and again.
Rather, there is a section at the beginning that provides quotes and information on Generalship, and then the next two sections are alphabetical lists of the Union Generals and then the Confederate Generals with brief bios provided for each.
Some of these bios are a short paragraph in length, while others are a few pages. Still, it was interesting to read about some of the more obscure people who served as leaders during the Civil War. Oct 27, Maria-Paula rated it liked it. As a lover of historical fiction, I greatly enjoyed this book. The Civil War era was a very important time in our history and this book highlights the important men of the field with a series of vivid stories.
I would recommend to all history lovers.
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