November 9, 2010

Review: The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War: The best, the worst, the largest, and the most lethal top ten rankings of the Civil War

 
 
 
 
 

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War is just months away, and the conflict's very language still resonates within our national narrative. Texas rumbles with the sounds of secession.  "States' rights" remains a battle cry over boarder security, civil unions, and taxation. Groundswells against federalism have given birth to a political faction.  The country still struggles with issues concerning race.

Author and historian Thomas R. Flagel offers a new and provocative perspective on the very source of these crises, through his newest edition of The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War.

An era often referenced but rarely comprehended, the four-year maelstrom induced a trauma unprecedented and unsurpassed in the American experience. The modern nation North and South may still be contending with anger and denial, unable to graduate towards acceptance. Considering the evidence, often overlooked by other histories, our lingering divisions are understandable.



Flagel provides a deeper clarity and perspective on tough issues of the Civil War that will have you debating new and intriguing questions in no time...  

*While the U.S. has lost nearly 5,600 brave Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Civil War killed an average of 5,600 soldiers every twelve days.


*The "War Between the States" caused the national debt to swell 4,000%, by far the highest percentage increase in American history.


*In 1860, Mississippi was the 4th wealthiest state in the country. By 1865, it had become one of the poorest. It has remained near the bottom ever since.


*The average age of a Civil War veteran was 26, and many suffered from "Soldier's Heart," known today as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
 

*If the war were fought today, and consume the same proportion of the population, the death toll would be approximately 5.8 million.    

I have always found history to be extremely interesting.  I can't believe how much I learned from The History Buff's Guide.  Anyone who likes to learn about what happened in the past will appreciate this book.  I give it five stars.


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512 pages
$16.99 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.




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22 comments:

sarahem said...

Those statistics are kind of astonishing...

lgm52 said...

My brother in law, a history teacher, would enjoy this book!

PoCoKat said...

Sounds like a great book...would love to learn more about the Civil War.

debbie said...

This would be great for my son, he is a real history buff.

Diane said...

My dad loves watching the history channel and reading books about history! He is actually reading one about the events leading up to Pearl Harbor now. We actually went to Appomatox Court house where the Civil War ended as a family trip when I was in Highschool!

CathyH said...

living in history rich areas this is a book i would find fascinating

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy books about history. This would be interesting to read. LPoser1 [at] gmail [dot] com

dask65 said...

I'm a Civil War NUT and I gotta have this.

Megan said...

This book looks AMAZING!!!

Heavensent1 said...

My dude who loves all things history would just devour this book...sounds interesting~!!!

Julie said...

This sounds great. My husband would love this.

Sarita said...

This book looks like a good way to learn about the Civil War.

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to read about this. Sounds very informative.

Julie said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. The casualty numbers are unreal !

jarmes1980 said...

Sounds like a very good book. I'd love to give it to my dad for Christmas (and read it myself too!). I can't believe 5600 killed every 12 days!

Team JC said...

I would love this book, as well as, my husband and his father!! Thanks!

Kathy S said...

My husband would really love this book! His Mom's family fought in the Civil War for the South and My Mom's family fought for the North and were prisoners in Andersonville. Some deep conversations about this when we first met!
kateswen(at)gmail(dot)com

Bridget said...

Woo Hoo!! LOVE THIS ONE!!!

beckytag said...

This sounds like something my husband would love!

Anonymous said...

My daughter would love this book. She is very interested in history. Se researched our ancestors and found out that one of our ancestors had 12 sons, 6 who fought for the South in Georgia regiments. garrettsambo@aol.com

LuckyTJG said...

Being from a rural community on the banks of the Pamlico River in NC, I was entrenched in Civil War history. Our family farm was taken over by the Union Army and used as a camp during the war. My ancestors fought for the South. I love reading about this historical war and this time period.
LuckyTJG@cs.com

Gianna said...

This sounds like a good read for my husband.