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The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War

by Thomas R. Flagel

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A good place to begin for those who have only a tenuous grasp of the American Civil War. However, it is composed entirely of lists which can be daunting. Also, it is truly impossible to get an accurate representation of the Civil War while at the same time compressing everything into such neat lists. In addition, I disagreed with some of the author's choice of entries. Finally, though the entries are generally well-written, they are just that, short little snippets of information, a condensed version of history. In order to get more indepth information it would be necessary to do further research. Unfortunately, though there is a diminutive bibliography, the author didn't appear to use a footnoting system, making it difficult to determine where he acquired his information and the validity of the source materials. This lack of a substantial bibliography and of footnoting pretty much guarantees that I would not use this book in writing a serious research book.

The negative traits aside. "The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War" is a very compact way to be introduced to the Civil War and as such might serve as an introduction to the conflict. In addition, the short subjects might also be useful in providing ideas for independent discussions and topics for research papers. But should be used with caution! ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
A good place to begin for those who have only a tenuous grasp of the American Civil War. However, it is composed entirely of lists which can be daunting. Also, it is truly impossible to get an accurate representation of the Civil War while at the same time compressing everything into such neat lists. In addition, I disagreed with some of the author's choice of entries. Finally, though the entries are generally well-written, they are just that, short little snippets of information, a condensed version of history. In order to get more indepth information it would be necessary to do further research. Unfortunately, though there is a diminutive bibliography, the author didn't appear to use a footnoting system, making it difficult to determine where he acquired his information and the validity of the source materials. This lack of a substantial bibliography and of footnoting pretty much guarantees that I would not use this book in writing a serious research book.

The negative traits aside. "The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War" is a very compact way to be introduced to the Civil War and as such might serve as an introduction to the conflict. In addition, the short subjects might also be useful in providing ideas for independent discussions and topics for research papers. But should be used with caution! ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
A good place to begin for those who have only a tenuous grasp of the American Civil War. However, it is composed entirely of lists which can be daunting. Also, it is truly impossible to get an accurate representation of the Civil War while at the same time compressing everything into such neat lists. In addition, I disagreed with some of the author's choice of entries. Finally, though the entries are generally well-written, they are just that, short little snippets of information, a condensed version of history. In order to get more indepth information it would be necessary to do further research. Unfortunately, though there is a diminutive bibliography, the author didn't appear to use a footnoting system, making it difficult to determine where he acquired his information and the validity of the source materials. This lack of a substantial bibliography and of footnoting pretty much guarantees that I would not use this book in writing a serious research book.

The negative traits aside. "The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War" is a very compact way to be introduced to the Civil War and as such might serve as an introduction to the conflict. In addition, the short subjects might also be useful in providing ideas for independent discussions and topics for research papers. But should be used with caution! ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
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"Next year will be the 150th anniversary of what many historians consider to be the most pivotal point in our nation's history and this book is a must-have resource to that time. Laid out in easy-to-find and easy-to-read segments, it includes the pre-war antebellum time, politics, military life and the home front. " - BuddyHollywood.com… (more)

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