Warning: This rating and review contains bias. I was a student under Dr. Michael Woods and he was also my Thesis Adviser at Marshall University. I higWarning: This rating and review contains bias. I was a student under Dr. Michael Woods and he was also my Thesis Adviser at Marshall University. I highly respect him and hold him in the highest regard. He is a good man.
I was excited to learn that Woods was coming out with a new work (though THE one he cannot wait to publish, once he has more time to focus on it, is a dual biography on Jefferson Davis and Stephan Douglas). I immediately ordered it once it was available.
Now, those who are historians of the period or have a general interest in either Bleeding Kansas or the over all time period may wonder, "another book on this?!" I do not blame you, however, this book is in a series generally meant for college students and graduate students. This note does not take away from the concise and wonderful retelling of Bleeding Kansas and its legacy and most importantly the keen analysis Woods provides. Some of the analysis may surprise you, as well as the new things to learn and how Bleeding Kansas plays in to our memory and Civil War memory. Heck, I took classes with Woods where Bleeding Kansas was covered (Civil War and Reconstruction and History of the Old South), and I still learned new things on the topic! For example, the oddest item was that of all the Emigration trains/companies that went to Kansas prior to the territory's vote as to its slave status, one company was designed solely for vegetarians who saw Kansas as a place to be free from the temptation of consuming "flesh."
Whether a student or not, this is a great book to at least read (if not own) to have a crash course on Bleeding Kansas and for your interests in the antebellum section of our history. ...more
A few key details left out in the beginning about Washington and the spark of the French & Indian war as well as one very noticeable error. BattleA few key details left out in the beginning about Washington and the spark of the French & Indian war as well as one very noticeable error. Battle if Brandywine was fought in 1777 not 1779. Other than that, Great small work. ...more
I won this from a giveaway and was finally able to read it.
This is an incredible book, an incredible story, and an engaging read. With history, I reaI won this from a giveaway and was finally able to read it.
This is an incredible book, an incredible story, and an engaging read. With history, I really enjoy the stories that seem to be never told, the campaigns or battles rarely mentioned in classes or documentaries...And this book is about those leser known stories. Even more so when it focuses so much on the men fighting, living the war, rather than focusing so much on the officers so high up. Anyone interested in WW2 in the Pacific, or WW2 aviation, or simply a tale of heroism, this is one to be read.
Now a few who have read this before me, who say they have studied the events and and men found in the book, claim there are many inaccuracies in this, many exaggerations. I don't know if that is true or not, but should be headed by anyone reading this or serious about research. In the end though, I think this book does well to honor the men of the Old 666 and brings to light their actions in combat, what obstacles they had to conquer, and their comraderie quite well....And cannot be forgotten once this is read. ...more