War Books Abound (Part II)
Thanks to Harper Publishers all matter of takes on the Civil War are
available through the publication and in some cases re-release of
classics dealing with the war between the states. For those with an
abiding interest in the topic, these tomes are required. For the rest of
us - -the books are informative and they fill in so many blanks.
One of the most unusual in the collection is “The Biography of a Writer”
by Fred Kaplan (Harper Perennial, $15.99, 406 pages, paper). This well
crafted effort showcases President Abraham Lincoln in all his masterly
and writerly roles. ILLUMINATING.
“Bloody Crimes” by James Swanson (Morrow, $27.99, 464 pages) is a mother
lode of information focused on the last days of Abraham Lincoln and
Jefferson Davis. The genre is historical true-crime epic and Swanson
owns the patent to this kind of work. BRILLIANT.
Swanson also wrote The New York Times bestseller “Manhunt”
(Harper Perennial, $15.99, 444 pages). The book is a page-turner, a work
of scholarship and also detective story writing as we are there living
through an hour-by-hour account as eyewitness to the greatest manhunt in
American history. JUST BRILLIANT.
“General Sherman’s Christmas” by Stanley Weintraub (Smithsonian
Books,$24.99, 238 pages) showcases how Lincoln’s troops were able to
prevail in the battle for Savannah, a time residents were anxiously
preparing for Christmas. ENGROSSING.
“Reconstruction” by Eric Foner (Perrenial Classics, $23.99, 690 pages)
is a masterwork focusing as its sub-title states on “America’s
Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877. ” Consciousness raising, written with
a scholar’s eye and a historian’s passion - -“Reconstruction” is a gem
of a book well worth reading by anyone interested in the aftermath of
the Civil War. INVALUABLE.
“I am Brilliant” by
Jennifer Craig is the slimmest of books with all kinds of how-to and
brilliance crammed into its pages as the author, a child therapist
among other things, shows us all how to uncover how beauty and
brilliance are “inside gifts.” NOTEWORTHY.
# # #