Started by facehugger, April 07, 2007, 12:36:10 AM
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Quote from: bwv 1080 on April 08, 2007, 06:16:37 PMAlternating between Ron Chernow's amazing biography of Alexander Hamilton and rereading (selectively) Shelby Foote's Civil War History
Quote from: SonicMan on April 08, 2007, 06:38:26 PMJust returned from a trip to Richmond, VA - great place for Civil War history (as you likely already know) - the famous 'ruins' of the Tredegar Iron Works is now the 'Visitor's Center' for the Richmond battlefields (includes both the '62 & '64 campaigns in the area); there is also a new 'commercial' exhibit museum that is quite good. Also, just finished Gary Gallagher's superb lecture series (on DVD) from the Teaching Company - outstanding. Dave
Quote from: Bill on April 08, 2007, 06:26:52 PM[/b]Which part are you re-reading?
Quote from: Bill on April 08, 2007, 07:06:47 PMGary Gallagher's course looks outstanding Dave....did you have to pay the $129 for the dvds? Have you read the Foote material that BWV was discussing? It is absolutely the best overview of the American Civil War I have ever read. Even blew away Bruce Catton's overviews IMHO. The opening of Foote's third volume may in fact be the best nonfiction writing I have ever come across.
Quote from: bwv 1080 on April 09, 2007, 06:21:10 AMFocusing on the major campaigns, skipping the minor ones and Northern politics (I just read Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals)
Quote from: SonicMan on April 09, 2007, 06:42:18 AMBill - good morn to you; yes, I read the Foote volumes many years ago (no longer have them, but probably should buy them again for a re-read; he was just an outstanding 'story teller' - love him on the Ken Burn's series on the Civil War, which would be my recommendation for a 'video' set to those just getting into this period of American History).The Foote series may be somewhat 'daunting' for those wanting an introduction to the American Civil War; although innumerable books exist on this subject (and numerous sub-topic), my 'one-volume' recommendation would be Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson (published in 1988) - winner of the Pulitzer Prize and now an inexpensive paperback.Concerning the Gary Gallagher DVD set, I did pay the $129 (which is their sale price for the 8 DVDs - 24 hrs of lectures in total, so takes a while); I did have a CD set in the past but sent it to my father; the DVDs are much more engrossing - Gallagher is superb in this material and the addition of photos & battle maps as visuals is more enjoyable. Dave
Quote from: uffeviking on April 09, 2007, 03:16:51 PMOf course it's good, otherwise I would not have read it a few minutes ago. And it's good because it's not about War, but Peace! It's Allen Ginsberg's Howl.
Quote from: karlhenning on April 09, 2007, 03:19:51 PMOh, what you want now, Lis, is to listen to The Fugs
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