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How to Lose the Civil War: Military Mistakes of the War Between the States

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A fascinating and fact–filled collection of the greatest and dumbest missteps of America's bloodiest conflict

For four years in the middle of the nineteenth century, brother fought brother on American soil. No American war ever had higher stakes than, or changed a nation as profoundly as, the terrible conflict between the Union and the Confederacy. A dark historical panoram
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Sam Sattler
Although the 37 essays sometimes contradict each other, "How to Lose the Civil War" is an effective collection of thoughts on Civil War battles, generals, politicians, and wartime economies that will provide plenty for the average reader to ponder. There are also more than a few glaring editorial failures on the part of the book's editor, Bill Fawcett, that should have been caught and corrected before "How to Lose the Civil War" went to print...such as placing Hagerstown in Pennsylvania rather t ...more
This is a collection of essays by various authors on their view of distinct critical errors that determined the course of the war. Some of the articles were coherent and well written, others not so much. But taken together, the book was informative, and even exciting when describing the frenetic action of various battles.
The recurring critiques of various officers form a clear indictment of the generalship on both sides. On the other hand, the criticism of political actors is severe toward Jeff
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This was a refershing look at all the lovely, and insane, blunders in one messy war.
While this book was very informative on the battles (how they were fought, who made mistakes and how many soldiers from both sides were killed, wounded and deserted for each battle) I thought it would be short stories but instead were essays from historians. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War.
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Bill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in the creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company. As an author, Fawcett has written or coauthored over a dozen books and dozens of articles and short stories. As a book packager, a person wh ...more
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