What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War (What They Didn't Teach You (Paperback))
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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
Instresting read, great research tool. I really enjoyed it.
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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
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 i...more
Lora
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
I LOVED this book!!
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