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How to Lose the Civil War: Military Mistakes of the War Between the States

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“Fawcett rivals Jim Dunnigan as a general-audience military analyst.”
Publishers Weekly

An expert on historical military incompetence, Bill Fawcett now offers an engrossing, fact-filled collection that sheds light on the biggest, dumbest screw ups of the America’s bloodiest conflict. How to Lose the Civil War is a fascinating compendium of battlefield blunders and strategic
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Matthew
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun romp through some lowlights of Civil War battles. There were a lot of goods in places I hadn't realized...
Tom Darrow
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is, at best, repetitive, and at worst amateurish. A collection of "essays" about significant blunders in the Civil War. There isn't really anything new here for people who have done anything beyond taking a high school level US History class. Although I did pick up a few minor facts (which is why I gave it 2 instead of 1 star), many of the essays repeat the same information, even though they are supposed to be focused on different topics. Also, a full third of this book is devoted to t ...more
Sam Sattler
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war, essay
Although the 37 essays sometimes contradict each other, "How to Lose the Civil War" is an effective collection of thoughts on Civil War battles, generals, politicians, and wartime economies that will provide plenty for the average reader to ponder. There are also more than a few glaring editorial failures on the part of the book's editor, Bill Fawcett, that should have been caught and corrected before "How to Lose the Civil War" went to print...such as placing Hagerstown in Pennsylvania rather t ...more
Ronald
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a collection of essays by various authors on their view of distinct critical errors that determined the course of the war. Some of the articles were coherent and well written, others not so much. But taken together, the book was informative, and even exciting when describing the frenetic action of various battles.
The recurring critiques of various officers form a clear indictment of the generalship on both sides. On the other hand, the criticism of political actors is severe toward Jeff
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Ann
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
While this book was very informative on the battles (how they were fought, who made mistakes and how many soldiers from both sides were killed, wounded and deserted for each battle) I thought it would be short stories but instead were essays from historians. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War.
Justin Howe
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Brief chapters by various authors draw attention to inferior decisions made by commanders of both North and South. You'll probably need a good working knowledge of the Civil War prior to reading. Sadly, there is no documentation.
John
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Over thirty essays outlining the blunders,on both sides,that caused our Civil War to go the way it did. Interesting reading those interested in American history.
Mike Mcpeters
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reading

I was looking for something different to read about the Civil war. This was a good and different read. I enjoyed it very much.
Craig
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good account of many of the major and minor engagements of the American Civil War
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Bill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in the creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company. As an author, Fawcett has written or coauthored over a dozen books and dozens of articles and short stories. As a book packager, a person wh ...more
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