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Glenn Tucker (1892–1976)

Autor/a de High Tide at Gettysburg: The Campaign in Pennsylvania

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Originally copyrighted in 1968, this was my first book dealing directly with the interior politics of the Army of Northern Virginia. The Wah had been so tidy up to this, but the enrichment provided by this kind of analysis was delightful!
DinadansFriend | Feb 8, 2014 |
The is a good book for the time it was written in. The author is not a lover of George Meade and it is very clear that he would have preferred to have seen the south win at least the Battle of Gettysburg if not the war. I do recommend reading "High Tide at Gettysburg, but read it along with several other books on the subject, so you get a more recent and rounded view on the subject. My one big complaint with this book, is the last chapter deals with "what if's". I hate playing that game.
vtmom13 | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Feb 29, 2012 |
Although I've been interested in the American Civil War for a long while, I haven't read as much on it - as is my practice with most historical periods, I've read overall histories supplemented by very singular ones and historical fiction (The Killer Angels and its accompaniments) - in the case of the Civil War, Bruce Catton's short history and a book called The Generals at Gettysuburg, which provides brief biographical information about each of the commanders, done to the regimental level. Those at least stick in my memory - there have been more, but it's been awhile.Mind you, then, this battle history ended up being a bit of a shock. It was at the point I got 6 chapters in and hadn't even heard about the Union army that I got a bit curious. I waltzed in expecting a reasonably bland account of a battle, and ended up knee deep in a lyrical history of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg (staring North Carolina) featuring "those people" over there. The title should have been a bit of a giveaway, I admit. The writing however, is top notch. As a person who is dreadful at understanding tactics, reading this book made how the battle happened very clear - it also has very good maps. I do enjoy reading about personal characteristics and anecdotes - I just wouldn't mind having some for the other side. Lastly, the author really is an excellent writer - there are some absolutely lovely passages in this, a history of a battle.I can't recommend this as an overall history of the Battle of Gettysburg because it's coverage is just too narrow. At the same time, I could see a British history of Trafalgar taking a similar stance without my minding it so much - perhaps because I would have been forewarned about it? It's hard to say. Definitely a book worth reading, for those interested in the Battle of Gettysburg, but I do feel that it needs to be supplemented by something which covers the Union side a bit better.… (més)
parelle | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Sep 16, 2009 |
1741 Zeb Vance: Champion of Personal Freedom, by Glenn Tucker (read 25 Sep 1982) This is a 1965 biography of Zebulon B. Vance, who was born 13 May 1830 twelve miles north of where Asheville, N.C., later was founded. He died on 14 April 1894. He served in the House of Representatives just before the Civil War, opposed secession until after the war started, served as Governor of N.C. from 1862 till after the war ended, then again as Governor from Jan 1, 1877, till he was elected Senator in 1879. Most of this book deals with Vance's time as Governor during the Civil War. It is not well-written, it finds no fault with Vance, and is not chronological. Yet, it was fairly interesting, and threw considerable light on events in North Carolina during the Civil War. I got the idea that North Carolina thought it was being discriminated against by Virginia during the war. I certainly did not like the scanty attention given in the book to Vance's Senate career. He is one of North Carolina's persons in Statutory hall. I guess I simply cannot resist reading biographies of Senators.… (més)
Schmerguls | Nov 2, 2008 |


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