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John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  12 reviews
John Bell Hood, one of the Confederacys most enigmatic figures, died unexpectedly from yellow fever in August of 1879 at the age of 48. He had been working hard on his memoirs, the first draft of which he finished just before his death. When Advance and Retreat: Personal Experience in the United States and Confederate States Armies was published the following year, they ...more
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Published July 19th 2013 by Savas Beatie (first published May 19th 2013)
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Sean Chick
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Such is the state of Civil War literature, where too many authors simply repeat earlier writers or, in the case of primary sources, often neglect to confirm their accuracy or credibility.”

This is the thrust of Stephen Hood’s book about his more famous relative. This is not a biography, but rather a discussion of every insult thrown Hood’s way that Stephen does not think survives the scrutiny of sunlight. This is a book solely for the devoted, or shall we say the obsessed scholar and buff. It
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is not a biography of Hood, but more of a reply to those who have negatively criticized him in print since the Civil War. The author does an excellent job of illustrating how sloppy and careless many historians are when it comes to documenting facts and making interpretations. I found the tone of his arguments a little overboard at times, but it is still a book worth reading to get the full picture of Hood's actions.
Gerry Germond
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war, biography
Assemble a group of Civil War hobbyists, amateur historians, or even, dare I say, war gamers, have them discuss the generals of that time, and, when the discussion comes around to John Bell Hood, the talk will praise him in command of his Texas Brigade and in division command, but when in command of the Army of Tennessee in defense of Atlanta and then the late-1864 Tennessee campaign, he is roundly condemned as an idiot and worse.

Author Stephen M. Hood, General John Bell Hood’s second cousin via

Steven Peterson
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book. I am not sure that the author fully makes his case, but he does call out many who have excoriated General John Hood for his record as commander of the Confederate Army of the Tennessee. Any reader of Civil War history knows of the claims that Hood failed as corps commander at Cassville, that he flailed about trying to defend Atlanta, that he was responsible for the failure to trap and wreck Union General John Schofield's forces at Spring Hill, that he foolishly ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
If you are looking for an objective biography of John Bell Hood,this is not it. Written by his second cousin, Stephen Hood,you find out very early that this is a book out to discredit all other biographers.
You could actually say it's an out to get one of the most noted American civil war historian,Wiley Sword.
The author claims Sword and Hood biographers never have first hand accounts of Hood and the Army of the Tennessee. Stephen Hood,seems to forget that his cousin,lost at least 5 generals,at
David Kinchen
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW: 'John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General': Setting the Record Straight on an Important Civil War General


"L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace." -- General George S. Patton and his alter ego, Napoleon, made "Audacity, audacity, always audacity" a famous phrase encouraging bold courage in the face of great challenge. John Bell Hood displayed many of the qualities of Patton -- something recognized by his battlefield foes
Howard Brooks
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book, one of the most analytical Civil War books I have ever read. The author makes a compelling argument, based on the analysis of numerous sources, that some authors, especially Wiley Sword, have engaged in massive malpractice in the way they characterized the life and struggles of General John Bell Hood. This book is extremely well-written, and is simply compelling. I recommend this book to all readers with an interest in Civil War history
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 2 1/2 stars. It is written by a descendant of the the General and is essentially a collection of essays.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are few Civil War generals as maligned as John Bell Hood. In this book, Stephen Hood sets out to explore the origins and validity of the many criticism of the general that inhabit Civil War literature. Be warned, if you're looking for a biography, or a narrative story of General Hood, this is not the book you want.

While the author does provide some background narrative on General Hood, and his campaigns, the bulk of this book is dedicated to fact-checking. Stephen Hood appears to have gone
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you've ever wanted to know everything anyone ever said bad about John Bell Hood and why they were wrong, this is your book. On the other hand, we don't find out a great deal about Hood himself in many respects, which seems a bit odd to me. The chapter on Hood's activities during the war is rather brief considering we are asked to make judgements on the man himself in considering the assertions made in the book. It is clear that a great deal of effort went into it, and having read it, I'm ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Not a full biography. More of a defense of JBH from the perspective of an historian who feels that JBH has been given a raw deal by historians. Has some good stuff and persuaded me that the assumption that JBH was a narced out wild man bent on destroying his troops has been fabricated one the years by lazy historians. Also further illustrated what a mess the western confederate army was from the perspective of generalship.
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