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Ironclad: The Monitor and the Merrimack

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With a novelist's eye and the historian's devotion to research, Mokin recreates these early years of the Civil War, immersing the reader in this time and place. We share the motivations and emotions of the country's leaders, the soldiers and sailors, and the families at home-feeling their fears and experiencing their frustrations. Ironclad is immensely readable-popular his ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Backinprint.com (first published May 1991)
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Will Nelson
Feb 14, 2016 Will Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book, really immerses you in the time and the struggle. Although this story played out only an hour's drive from my birthplace I never realized how exciting and important it was. It seems that the Confederacy could have ended the war outright if the North hadn't completed their own ironclad just in the nick of time.

This is history written almost as a novel, so the reader has to accept reconstruction of certain scenes, conversations, and thought processes. Personally I found that gave m
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Cindy
Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, was Lincoln's "Father Neptune," despite never being a sailor or seafaring type. But he did have an absolute dedication to his work. As he got into his new job, he realized what a chore he had cut out for himself. Many of their most experienced officers were Southerners. Most of the ships themselves were in the South. And the department was out of date, underfunded, and spread much too thin. It was his job to come up with something, anything, that could be cr ...more
Ronda Wian
Dec 23, 2015 Ronda Wian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reliving history.

I rarely pass up a book written about the civil war. And not a lot written on the naval side of the war. And political incite of cabinet is a plus. Of what went on the political issues with the war.
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