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📒For Cause And Comrades ✍ James M. McPherson
📝For Cause and Comrades Book Synopsis : General John A. Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield. Gazing at Bloody Lane where, in 1862, several Union assaults were brutally repulsed before they finally broke through, he marveled, "You couldn't get American soldiers today to make an attack like that." Why did those men risk certain death, over and over again, through countless bloody battles and four long, awful years ? Why did the conventional wisdom -- that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war progresses -- not hold true in the Civil War? It is to this question--why did they fight--that James McPherson, America's preeminent Civil War historian, now turns his attention. He shows that, contrary to what many scholars believe, the soldiers of the Civil War remained powerfully convinced of the ideals for which they fought throughout the conflict. Motivated by duty and honor, and often by religious faith, these men wrote frequently of their firm belief in the cause for which they fought: the principles of liberty, freedom, justice, and patriotism. Soldiers on both sides harkened back to the Founding Fathers, and the ideals of the American Revolution. They fought to defend their country, either the Union--"the best Government ever made"--or the Confederate states, where their very homes and families were under siege. And they fought to defend their honor and manhood. "I should not lik to go home with the name of a couhard," one Massachusetts private wrote, and another private from Ohio said, "My wife would sooner hear of my death than my disgrace." Even after three years of bloody battles, more than half of the Union soldiers reenlisted voluntarily. "While duty calls me here and my country demands my services I should be willing to make the sacrifice," one man wrote to his protesting parents. And another soldier said simply, "I still love my country." McPherson draws on more than 25,000 letters and nearly 250 private diaries from men on both sides. Civil War soldiers were among the most literate soldiers in history, and most of them wrote home frequently, as it was the only way for them to keep in touch with homes that many of them had left for the first time in their lives. Significantly, their letters were also uncensored by military authorities, and are uniquely frank in their criticism and detailed in their reports of marches and battles, relations between officers and men, political debates, and morale. For Cause and Comrades lets these soldiers tell their own stories in their own words to create an account that is both deeply moving and far truer than most books on war. Battle Cry of Freedom, McPherson's Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Civil War, was a national bestseller that Hugh Brogan, in The New York Times, called "history writing of the highest order." For Cause and Comrades deserves similar accolades, as McPherson's masterful prose and the soldiers' own words combine to create both an important book on an often-overlooked aspect of our bloody Civil War, and a powerfully moving account of the men who fought it.
📒Iliada ✍ Номер
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📒Na Zapadnom Fronte Bez Peremen ✍ Erich Maria Remarque
📝Na Zapadnom Fronte Bez Peremen Book Synopsis : V romane «Na Zapadnom fronte bez peremen», odnom iz samyh harakternyh proizvedenij literatury «poterjannogo pokolenija», Remark izobrazil frontovye budni, sohranivshie soldatam lish' jelementarnye formy solidarnosti, splachivajushhej ih pered licom smerti.
📒 ✍ Бен Макинтайр
📝 Book Synopsis : Ким Филби – один из самых знаменитых шпионов XX века, и написано о нем немало. Однако расследование британского писателя-историка Бена Макинтайра, основанное в числе прочего на неопубликованных архивных материалах, знакомит нас с этой уникальной личностью как никогда близко. Урон, нанесенный тайной деятельностью Филби двум государствам, Великобритании и США, мог бы быть куда меньше, если бы не крепкая мужская дружба, замешанная на традиционных английских идеалах личной преданности и чести джентльмена. Николас Эллиотт из МИ-6 и глава ЦРУ Джеймс Энглтон слепо верили своему другу Киму и стояли за него стеной до тех пор, пока не стало поздно. Макинтайр показывает, как государственная измена, десятилетиями проходившая сквозь фильтр частного человеческого предательства, превращала жизнь Кима Филби в небывалой силы психологический триллер.
📒Fields Of Fury ✍ James M. McPherson
📝Fields of Fury Book Synopsis : Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War.
📒The Struggle For Equality ✍ James M. McPherson
📝The Struggle for Equality Book Synopsis : In The Struggle for Equality, the renowned Civil War historian James McPherson offered an important and timely analysis of the abolitionist movement and the legal basis it provided to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. This work remains an incisive demonstration of the successful role played by rights activists during and after the Civil War, when they evolved from despised fanatics into influential spokespersons for the radical wing of the Republican party. The vivid narrative stresses the intensely individual efforts that characterized the movement, drawing on letters and anti-slavery periodicals to let the voices of the abolitionists express for themselves their triumphs and anxieties. Asserting that it was not the abolitionists who failed in their efforts to instill the principles of equality on the state level but rather the American people who refused to follow their leadership, McPherson raises broad questions about the obstacles that have long hindered American reform movements in general. This new paperback edition contains a preface in which the author explains some of the changing perspectives that would lead him to write several aspects of this story differently today. The original hardcover was a winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award in Race Relations.
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📝 Book Synopsis : «Муза, скажи мне о том многоопытном муже, которыйДолго скитался с тех пор, как разрушил священную Трою,Многих людей города посетил и обычаи видел,Много духом страдал на морях, о спасеньи заботясьЖизни своей и возврате в отчизну товарищей верных.Все же при этом не спас он товарищей, как ни старался...»
📒 ✍ Ernst Jünger
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📒What They Fought For 1861 1865 ✍ James M. McPherson
📝What They Fought For 1861 1865 Book Synopsis : For use in schools and libraries only. An analysis of the Civil War, drawing on letters and diaries by more than one thousand soldiers, gives voice to the personal reasons behind the war, offering insight into the ideology that shaped both sides.
📒This Mighty Scourge ✍ James M. McPherson
📝This Mighty Scourge Book Synopsis : The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history. McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays--pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburg campaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning for America and the world. Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.
📒Gettysburg ✍ James M. McPherson
📝Gettysburg Book Synopsis : A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and a celebrated Civil War artist combine talents to provide a stunning visual account of the landmark battle that changed the course of American history and its participants. TV tie-in. 30,000 first printing.
📒The Civil War ✍ Bruce Catton
📝The Civil War Book Synopsis : Period prints, photographs, and documents accompany this penetrating examination of the political, military, and social aspects of the War Between the States, tracing the conflict from the earliest divisions between North and South to the final surrender of Confederate troops and its aftermath. Reprint.
📒Crossroads Of Freedom ✍ James M. McPherson
📝Crossroads of Freedom Book Synopsis : Pulitzer Prize-winning historian McPherson offers a masterful portrait of the bloodiest single day in American history, the Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862.
📒Hallowed Ground ✍ James M. McPherson
📝Hallowed Ground Book Synopsis : “[I]n a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our power to add or detract.” —President Abraham Lincoln James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the finest Civil War historian in the world, walks us through the site of the bloodiest and perhaps most consequential battle ever fought by Americans. The events that occurred at Gettysburg are etched into our collective memory, as they served to change the course of the Civil War and with it the course of history. More than any other place in the United States, Gettysburg is indeed hallowed ground. It’s no surprise that it is one of the nation’s most visited sites (nearly two million annual visitors), attracting tourists, military buffs, and students of American history. McPherson, who has led countless tours of Gettysburg over the years, makes stops at Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Hill, and Little Round Top, among other key locations. He reflects on the meaning of the battle, describes the events of those terrible three days in July 1863, and places the struggle in the greater context of American and world history. Along the way, he intersperses stories of his own encounters with the place over several decades, as well as debunking several popular myths about the battle itself. What brought those 165,000 soldiers—75,000 Confederate, 90,000 Union—to Gettysburg? Why did they lock themselves in such a death grip across these once bucolic fields until 11,000 of them were killed or mortally wounded, another 29,000 were wounded and survived, and about 10,000 were “missing”—mostly captured? What was accomplished by all of this carnage? Join James M. McPherson on a walk across this hallowed ground as he be encompasses the depth of meaning and historical impact of a place that helped define the nation’s character. From the Hardcover edition.
📒War On The Waters ✍ James M. McPherson
📝War on the Waters Book Synopsis : A book with 23 illustrations, 19 maps, notes, a bibliography and an index offers a sweeping history of the Civil War navies in action.
📒Embattled Rebel ✍ James M. McPherson
📝Embattled Rebel Book Synopsis : From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy “The best concise book we have on the subject… McPherson is… our most distinguished scholar of the Civil War era.” —The New York Times Book Review History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis. Many Americans of his own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, not to mention a traitor. Not so, argues James M. McPherson. In Embattled Rebel, McPherson shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history, but that it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause’s failure. Gravely ill throughout much of the Civil War, Davis nevertheless shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy—the quest for independent nationhood—with clarity and force. He exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy, and his close relationship with Robert E. Lee was one of the most effective military-civilian partnerships in history. Lucid and concise, Embattled Rebel presents a fresh perspective on the Civil War as seen from the desk of the South’s commander in chief. From the Trade Paperback edition.
📒The Negro S Civil War ✍ James M. McPherson
📝The Negro s Civil War Book Synopsis : In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their essential contributions to their own freedom. Through the words of these extraordinary participants, both Northern and Southern, McPherson captures African-American responses to emancipation, the shifting attitudes toward Lincoln and the life of black soldiers in the Union army. Above all, we are allowed to witness the dreams of a disenfranchised people eager to embrace the rights and the equality offered to them, finally, as citizens.
📒Battle Chronicles Of The Civil War ✍ James M. McPherson
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📒Ordeal By Fire The Civil War ✍ James M. McPherson
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📒The Library Of Congress Civil War Desk Reference ✍ Margaret E. Wagner
📝The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference Book Synopsis : A resource compiled by a panel of expert advisors and arranged by topic covers all aspects of the Civil War and is augmented by dozens of maps, more than 100 photos and informative tables and lists. Reprint.
📒The Civil War ✍ James M. McPherson
📝The Civil War Book Synopsis : Written by a leading Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, this text describes the social, economic, political, and ideological conflicts that led to a unique, tragic, and transitional event in American history. The third edition incorporates recent scholarship and addresses renewed areas of interest in the Civil War/Reconstruction era including the motivations and experiences of common soldiers and the role of women in the war effort.