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The Untold Civil War: Little-Known Stories From the War Between the States
Was Gettysburg a tactical success, or was the outcome determined by a far more mundane factor: access to fresh water? How did the need to spread information about the dead and wounded give rise to the U.S. Postal Service? Did President Lincoln really age so dramatically during the course of the war, or was a rare disease to blame for the shocking difference in images of hi ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by National Geographic Society
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The focus of this book, in the author's own words, is (Page 6): "a unique collection of true stories that dramatize something often left untold in accounts of campaigns and battles--the human side of war." A strength of this work (and a bit of a weakness) is its many vignettes. The down side? Often, these are quite brief and sometimes make one want to know even more about a person or subject. The book is richly illustrated, with many photos. Slick pages tell of a desire to present a richly made ...more
Sounds like a cliche, but this truly is a book for both Civil War scholars and for folks who couldn't give a goober pea about history. This collection of Dr. Robertson's radio essays (from WVTF public radio in Roanoke, Va.) details fascinating stories from the everyday lives of soldiers, civilians and slaves -- all delivered in bite-sized pieces that make for easy, interesting reading. You can read one or 100 of them in one sitting. The pairing with beautiful artwork and historic photographs enr ...more
A compilation of short stories with pictures and supporting information about the Civil War. Very well told without bias. I hear Professor Robertson is one of the most sought out lecturers at Virgina Tech. Our relatives loved the class they took from him and later their kids thought he was great too. Rates right up there with Shelby Foote.
One of the best books I have ever read on the Civil War! Dr. Robertson's eye for the smallest detail makes this a must read for any history buff! His insight into the lives of not only the front line soldiers but also the war weary politicians and the beleaguered family at home really makes this book one of the top Civil War books ever written!