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07-22-2017, 01:34 PM
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(07-22-2017 01:00 PM)Gene C Wrote:  Herndon's Informants by William Herndon (another classic $1 find)

If this is the book edited by Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, I paid $45 for my copy almost 20 years ago!! Great deal, Gene!
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07-22-2017, 02:06 PM
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I finished reading Volume 2 of Blumenthal's bio on Lincoln. It should be required reading in all social studies classes.

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07-22-2017, 02:18 PM
Post: #378
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I just finished Townsend's Lincoln and the Bluegrass. Enjoyed it very much.

I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. (Letter to James H. Hackett, November 2, 1863)
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08-05-2017, 07:26 AM (This post was last modified: 08-05-2017 07:48 AM by Gene C.)
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Just finished 'George Washington's Secret Six - the Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution" by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager.

Very enjoyable, an important part of our history. All this was new to me. Like many popular historical books, this one has been criticized for taking legend or someone else's theory and presenting it as fact, without adequate source notes. I don't know enough to judge that, but it does not seem to significantly change the story of what these people really did. The reviews for this book are mostly favorable.

One of the things I liked was the bibliography. While the list was a bit shorter than most books, he did add a sentence or two describing the books and papers used. I found this helpful since I would like to read more about these people.

If you are thrifty like me, you can probably pick up a nice copy at a used book store or on line retailer for a good price.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2808497218001...show-clips

There is more about this book if you are interested, especially reader reviews, on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/George-Washington...secret+six

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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08-05-2017, 09:39 AM
Post: #380
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Elizabeth Brown Pryor's Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee. Excellent book.
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08-05-2017, 12:29 PM
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I am reading The Conspiracy Between John Wilkes Booth and the Union Army to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln by Dr. Robert Arnold. The book was published in 2016. I am not sure why I bought it as I do not agree with most of the author's major points. This is another one of those books which maintains it was James Boyd, not John Wilkes Booth, who was killed at Garrett's.
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08-17-2017, 03:09 PM
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Just finished Narrative of My Captivity Among the Sioux Indians by Fanny Kelly.
Published in 1872, about 285 pages.
Mrs. Kelly was in a small wagon train attacked by the Sioux Indians in 1864 with her husband and family (one niece) with several other persons. (less than 25) When the wagon train was attacked, five of the party were killed, several escaped (including her husband) , with the remainder captured. Mrs. Kelley was kept as a prisoner for five months before she was released. Her niece, who was about 8 or 9, was killed a day or two after the capture while trying to escape. It's a fascinating story, very readable.

I can recommend it, but she is witness to some very vicious actions by the Indians she lives with during this period. It's not for the faint of heart.

I read the online version available here -
https://archive.org/details/narrativeofmycap00kell_0

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08-17-2017, 06:31 PM
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I just ordered "Stanton" by Walter Stahr. Has anyone read this yet??? It looks like it is going to be good.
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08-17-2017, 06:36 PM
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(08-17-2017 06:31 PM)Gencor Wrote:  I just ordered "Stanton" by Walter Stahr. Has anyone read this yet??? It looks like it is going to be good.

I bought it over the weekend. Looks good, but I haven't started it yet.
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08-18-2017, 07:14 AM
Post: #385
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I have his Seward bio - I don't remember exactly why (I seem to recall I missed some trivia tidbids I had read elsewhere, also found it a bit "dry" to read) but I was a bit disappointed and wished I had gotten van Deusen's book instead.
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08-18-2017, 12:31 PM (This post was last modified: 08-18-2017 12:31 PM by Eva Elisabeth.)
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Has anyone read both Stahr's books (Seward and Stanton) and can offer a comparing review? I would be most interested to hear!
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08-18-2017, 12:36 PM
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(08-18-2017 12:31 PM)Eva Elisabeth Wrote:  Has anyone read both Stahr's books (Seward and Stanton) and can offer a comparing review? I would be most interested to hear!

Eva, like you I have the Seward book but not the Stanton one. If I ever get to the Stanton one I shall attempt to offer an opinion.
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