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Civil War Command And Strategy: The Process Of Victory And Defeat Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B003L77ZOI
- Publisher : Free Press (8 May 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 3090 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,296,019 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Almost all histories written about the Civil War are written by Americans and reflect views & bias (which may be uncoscious)that show that the results of the war and the consequences which flow from it in the american psyche have not yet been resolved.
This book is unusual in its objectivity and also in its main flaw, which is that at this point in time its influence is not as significant as it should be.
Time has passed and the continuing confusion in american minds over the Civil War has become tainted with more recent controversies like Vietnam and the civil rights movement.
Had this book been published twenty years earlier it could have generated a more useful debate, now however it is fantastic promise unfulfilled.
On the the other hand, Abraham Lincoln, was a mostly self taught lawyer, with very little formal education. His military experience was limited to a very short time with the Illinois Militia during the Black Hawk war, where he was not involved in combat. He served in Congress, before running for President. Lincoln was not a quick study but immersed himself in a subjects until he understood it thoroughly. He had the advice of General Winfield Scott. He became better at strategy and tactics than most of his generals.
Both presidents were burdened with less that adequate generals along with some very good ones. Both men seemed to have a difficult time picking out the military leader who would be effective.
Anyone interested in American history, or the Civil War, this is a great book. My opinion is that every American should read this book or any other of the many books that were written during this period of time.