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What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War (What They Didn't Teach You (Paperback))

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Instant coffee was invented during the Civil War for use by Union troops, who hated it; holding races between lice was a popular pastime for both Johnny Reb and Billy Yank; 13% of the Confederate Army deserted during the conflict. These are three of the hundreds of bits of knowledge that Mike Wright makes available in his informative and entertaining What They Didn't Teach ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Presidio Press (first published 1996)
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A.L. Waddington
May 01, 2012 A.L. Waddington rated it really liked it
Instresting read, great research tool. I really enjoyed it.
Deena Scintilla
Very interesting facts about the Civil War that were not taught in school. Perhaps if they did put a more human face on the wars, those of us who didn't care much for history would become "hooked" earlier. Recently, I've gotten into genealogy and discovered several ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War so this was a more personal read for me. Often, too, we glorify the leaders in the battles but know little about their weaknesses, their human sides. Some parts were repetitious and ...more
East Bay J
May 01, 2008 East Bay J rated it liked it
Shelves: us-history
Well, this was an interesting read. Mike Wright has collected various stories, trivia and statistics on the Civil War not commonly reported in your typical books and textbooks. What makes this book even more interesting is that he looks at the common soldier, citizen, etc., taking us into the realm of motivation of many of the players who aren't in the history books. Topics like desertion, ladies of the night, poorly armed and dressed soldiers, medical practices and more are covered. I've been i ...more
Dale
Jan 23, 2013 Dale rated it liked it
Entertaining but too many errors.

Mike Wright is a television writer. In fact, he writes a pretty entertaining book as well. But, his lack of training as a historian shows in What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War .

Some of the facts things he writes about were not taught to you because they just are not facts. In other cases, they are factual, but not truthful For example, the fact about Robert E. Lee not owning any slaves at the time of the Civil War (p. 23) is technically true - but
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Geoff Sebesta
A smarmy miscellany that manages to hit some interesting corners. The chapters on prostitution and Quantrill's Raiders were interesting.

Completely runs out of steam by the end. Which makes sense; it's a collection of random facts in chronological order. The author is never actively wrong, but their interpretations are often odd.
William Martinez
Aug 13, 2015 William Martinez rated it it was amazing
Pretty good book with learning facts in both Armies. It educates the reader in battle names from the CS Army and the U.S. Army and is interesting that the author doesn't pick a side during the reading of the book.
Cat.
Jul 12, 2012 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not always the most organized writing, but really packed with details about lots of different topics surrounding the American Civil War: music, letters home, battles (of course), sex ...

Can't wait to see what else this guy has done
Stephanie
Sep 13, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book!!
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