I have read several of the author's other books (History, Geography and Bible); I consider Kenneth C. Davis a fair author. I wanted additional information about The War Between The States, and I looked to this book for information. The most value I got from this book was an understanding of economic warfare: the Union had a greater population, better infrastructure (factories and railroads) and a bigger treasury; while the Confederacy had better leadership and motivated troops. The Union used a strategy of impoverishment (port blockades, control the Mississippi River, and Sherman's incendiary march to the sea) that eroded the Confederacy's ability to resist. This historical accounting helps me understand economic modern warfare [e.g., against North Korea, (currently changing) Cuba and (under reexamination) Iran].
I love the "Don't Know Much About..." books and this is another fine example. Full of great information about the Civil War that you were never taught in school. This is a great book for students, enthusiasts, or just those curious about this dark time in US history. I got this book before going to Gettysburg with the Boy Scouts, and had plenty of good information to share with the boys while we were there.
Another Kenneth Davis great book filled with rare insights and little known facts. This is one of the best series of books that I own; and now on DVDs to listen to while driving. I love the "Don't Know Much About ...." SERIES.
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