Stephen W. Sears


Born
July 27, 1932

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Stephen Ward Sears is an American historian specializing in the American Civil War.

A graduate of Lakewood High School and Oberlin College, Sears attended a journalism seminar at Radcliffe-Harvard. As an author he has concentrated on the military history of the American Civil War, primarily the battles and leaders of the Army of the Potomac. He was employed as editor of the Educational Department at the American Heritage Publishing Company.

Sears resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Landscape Turned Red: The B...

4.21 avg rating — 3,845 ratings — published 1983 — 18 editions
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Gettysburg

4.32 avg rating — 3,843 ratings — published 2003 — 10 editions
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Chancellorsville

4.22 avg rating — 1,815 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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To the Gates of Richmond: T...

4.17 avg rating — 893 ratings — published 1992
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World War II: Carrier War

4.07 avg rating — 235 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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Lincoln's Lieutenants: The ...

4.35 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 2017 — 5 editions
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George B. McClellan: The Yo...

3.97 avg rating — 196 ratings — published 1988 — 8 editions
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Eyewitness to History: Worl...

4.11 avg rating — 142 ratings2 editions
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The British Empire

4.05 avg rating — 112 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Controversies and Commander...

4.09 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 1999 — 6 editions
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“Harvey Hill expressed no regrets for his mulishness and no sympathy for what Lee was seeking to accomplish. “Genl. Lee is venturing upon a very hazardous movement,” he told his wife; “and one that must be fruitless, if not disastrous.”
Stephen W. Sears, Gettysburg

“Confederates in Jackson’s column reported seeing a Yankee balloon—it was the Eagle—and assumed that if they could see it, it could see them. Yet such were conditions aloft that not a single report reached General Hooker that day from the aeronautical corps that an enemy column was marching to the south and west of Chancellorsville.”
Stephen W. Sears, Chancellorsville

“Only the English created a new England, settled not by subjects of the Crown resolved to live beyond the seas, but by pioneers and builders in a land of new promise.”
Stephen W. Sears, The British Empire

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American Civil War - Military Series Selection




Recently, the History Book Club conducted a Military Series Poll. The reason that we did this was because we are launching a Military Series of book discussions similar to how we conduct the Presidential Series at the HBC.

The American Civil War received the most votes from the group membership. Therefore, the first Military Series discussion will focus on the American Civil War.

Therefore we are now voting for the first Military Series selection from books which were all nominated by group members. Killer Angels was already completed by the group so that book was not added to the list for voting purposes. Just as an FYI: this poll took me forever to put together because there were so many group member suggestions and recommendations. We wanted to make sure that we included "all of them". That is why this poll is so long.

So take your time and make sure to vote; because if a book does not get at least one vote; it will be relegated to the bottom of the list. The book which garners the most votes and comes out on top will be discussed beginning in February 2012. Bryan Craig will be the Assisting Moderator leading this book discussion.

Choose and vote for one book. Vote as soon as possible because the first book will be launched in February. Don't lose out.

Note:

If you do not see your favorite book about the American Civil War on this list; then just comment or pop me a note and I will immediately add it to this poll.

You can always change your vote at any time; so nothing is lost. There are some books which have been nominated by the same author; however, skip over those if the particular author does not suit you and vote for your favorite or for one you or others might want to read.

Before making your selection, please try to look up your choice and make sure it really is a book you are interested in or you think others would be; do not be lured in by the title. Also, check out the author and what others have said about the book before you (reviewers who you trust). Then of course, make your selection.

And if you do not see your favorite, just contact me and I will add it to the poll.

Regards,

Bentley

 
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The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara by Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara - This book was just recommended by a group member. It is the third book in a trilogy which began with the bestseller Killer Angels. In the same vein, this is an historical novel/fiction account - not non fiction but if anything like Killer Angels -- impeccably done.

The Last Full Measure
 
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Lincoln by Gore Vidal by Gore Vidal Gore Vidal - This is an historical fiction selection

Lincoln.
 
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The Training Ground Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Martin Dugard by Martin Dugard Martin Dugard
- This is not related to the Civil War but to the time earlier in history when they fought together as brothers in the Mexican War.

The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848
 
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The Battle Of The Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864 by Gordon C. Rhea by Gordon C. Rhea Gordon C. Rhea - This book was just recommended by a group member.

The Battle Of The Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864
 
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Covered With Glory The 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg by Rod Gragg by Rod Gragg - This is another latecomer nominated by a group member.

Covered With Glory: The 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg
 
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