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Legendary Heroes of U.S. History—As You’ve Never Seen Them Before!  Secret Lives of the Civil War features irreverent and uncensored profiles of men and women from the Union and the Confederacy—complete with hundreds of little-known and downright bizarre facts. You’ll discover that:        •  Mary Todd Lincoln claimed to receive valuable military strategies from ghosts inLegendary Heroes of U.S. History—As You’ve Never Seen Them Before!  Secret Lives of the Civil War features irreverent and uncensored profiles of men and women from the Union and the Confederacy—complete with hundreds of little-known and downright bizarre facts. You’ll discover that:        •  Mary Todd Lincoln claimed to receive valuable military strategies from ghosts in the spirit         world.      •  Jefferson Davis once imported camels for soldiers stationed in the American southwest.      •  Ulysses S. Grant spent much of the Vicksburg campaign on a horse named “Kangaroo.”      •  James Longstreet fought the Battle of Antietam wearing carpet slippers.      •  William T. Sherman was the victim of two shipwrecks on the same day.      •  Harriet Tubman experienced frequent and bizarre hallucinations.      •  Stonewall Jackson was a notorious hypochondriac (he always sat up straight, fearing that         slouching would compress his vital organs).   With chapters on everyone from William Quantrill (a guerilla leader whose skull later ended up in the basement of a fraternity house) to Rose O’Neal Greenhow (perhaps the South’s most glamorous spy), Secret Lives of the Civil War features a mix of famous faces and unsung heroes. American history was never this much fun in school!...

Title : Secret Lives of the Civil War: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the War Between the States
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ISBN : 9781594741388
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Secret Lives of the Civil War: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the War Between the States Reviews

  • Jeff
    2018-12-11 01:23

    It's my own fault I took forever to finish this book. There were so many facts and names and conjectures and repetitions of all that that in the end I finally just muscled through. It was a slog though, but I'm not entirely sure how much of that is the author's fault. The book is laid out like a media guide for the civil war teams. Each character gets their assets, a short blurb about their favorite quote, and their astrological sign. The material is very in-depth, giving the characters history, their accomplishments in the war, and if known the way they shuffled off the mortal coil. The author has certainly done their homework, but at the end of the book I find myself no more interested in checking the facts (as there are no footnotes I wonder if all that is said is correct). I did find it interesting that on both sides of the conflict most of the officers started at west point and had campaigns in mexico or the west before the war started. Truly fighting brother vs brother. Most of the descriptions of the battles relied on military explanations, which I recalled as a child really enjoying but now as an adult I didn't have time for "flanking, pincer moves and bayoneting." Also cavalry was different back then?My personal opinion is that this book is great for add prone kids, but I fell my add was too short to deal with it. Happy to complete it and return it to the office collection--from whence it was stolen.

  • Ruth Soz
    2018-11-13 03:32

    I really like O'Brien's style - it's fun and interesting. I have a harder time following battles and tactics, so I enjoyed his other books a little more (Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents and Secret Lives of the First Ladies), but this was still enjoyable and informative. It did help that that I have read Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin - names that wouldn't have meant much to me actually had a place in my mind (Stanton, Seward, etc.)

  • Michelina Matozzi-Sullivan
    2018-11-18 02:21

    I found Cormac O'Brien's book a very interesting look into the key players of the Civil War. Read my entire review of the book at my blog: http://michelinam.wordpress.com/2013/...

  • Kristi Spinks
    2018-11-29 03:22

    Good book. Some funny stories about the people involved in the Civil War. Made me laugh several times.

  • Zane
    2018-12-05 04:22

    Like I said about its counterparts, this book by Cormac O'Brien are fun, organized, and extremely interesting. If you're a history buff, you need these for your home library.