Same Old Same Old for $500, Alex

15 04 2019

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What is Ron Chernow’s “Grant?”

For all the literary skill Ron Chernow possesses, there are some old Civil War myths he accepts unquestionably – and uncited – in his Grant book. Mostly about peripheral characters. T. J. Stiles did something similar, IMO, in his Custer book (though he did a better job of footnoting). Yes, I know. Custer won awards. [To correct an earlier version of this post, Stiles did not blurb Grant.]

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read Chernow’s book. It depends on your level of exposure to the subject matter. To explain further, read this post. And here is my preview of Chernow’s book written back when it came out.

I’ll probably give up on this one (I gave up on Custer, too), but I’m not sure yet. I’m up to Iuka and Corinth.


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1 06 2019
ted Savas

This surprises me not at all.

I have been digging deep (DEEP) into Civil War manuscripts for nearly 30 years now and it is rampant with many books on many subjects. One need only read Varney’s Grant or Hood on Hood and actually THINK while you read to discover the truth that is sitting like an elephant in the room. The same “gloss” is routinely applied to Sherman in Georgia, and especially his March to the Sea.

Really outstanding and unbiased scholarship is as rare as hair was on Alfred Hitchcock’s head.

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