Category Books

In Depth with Jeff Shaara

Novelist Jeff Shaara appeared on C-SPAN II’s “In Depth” for a 3-hour interview on his historical fiction novels. While his Civil War history would have been accurate in the 1970s or earlier, current scholarship has changed our understanding of many of the points he makes in the interview, and has exploded some myths he still […]

The Gettysburg Gospel

This book by Professor Gabor Boritt, the retired founding Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, is an outstanding inspection of the Gettysburg Address, placing it in its context and tracing its creation. He begins by describing the town of Gettysburg in 1863. “Gettysburg had eight churches with nine congregations, with Lutherans and […]

The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia on Abraham Lincoln Books

Here are three authors discussing their books on Abraham Lincoln. These presentations don’t add much for us, and I didn’t find them persuasive in motivating me to go out to get the books, but it’s probably worth the 78 minutes to watch the video. The video’s description reads, “The Lincoln Group of the District of […]

The Southern Vision of a Vast Empire of Slavery

Here’s a podcast hosted by Professor Edward T. O’Donnell of Holy Cross College called “Life in the Past Lane.” The guest is historian Matthew Karp, Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University. They talk about Professor Karp’s book, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy. This is an excellent discussion about how slaveholders […]

Age of Jackson Podcast: Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

This is a podcast by Daniel Gullotta, a Ph.D. student at Stanford University, interviewing and talking with historian Joshua D. Rothman of the University of Alabama. They discuss the late historian Eugene Genovese and his most famous book, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. They also discuss a little of the historiography of slavery. […]

The Half Has Never Been Told

This excellent book by historian Edward Baptist generated some controversy when it was first released. It’s a terrific read, though, and has some solid information in it. He tells us, “Some fundamental assumptions about the history of slavery and the history of the United States remain strangely unchanged. The first major assumption is that, as […]

Reading the Man Chapters 21-26

This is the final installment of our consideration of Ms. Pryor’s book. Chapter 21 looks at the several tragedies Lee and his family endured during the Civil War. In July of 1862, while Lee was making a name for himself, “Rooney’s two-year-old boy, the namesake of Robert E. Lee, ‘a most lovely little fellow,’ caught […]