Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Booknotes - "Man of Douglas, Man of Lincoln"

Man of Douglas, Man of Lincoln: The Political Odyssey of James Henry Lane by Ian Michael Spurgeon (Univ. of Missouri Press, Nov. 2008) is the second political biography of Lane to appear within the last couple years. Not surprisingly, Spurgeon's is the more scholarly monograph of the two. Of course, when Lane comes to mind, politics is only the half of it, the Civil War providing a legitimizing arena for the Kansan's military aspirations as well. Happily, we don't have to wait much longer for Bryce Benedict's promising study Jayhawkers: The Civil War Brigade of James Henry Lane (University of Oklahoma Press, March 2009).

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