Friday, August 5, 2016
Reardon and Vossler even better the second time around
I probably wasn't the only person to greet Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler's A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (2013) with a barely stifled yawn, only to be instantly won over by the fresh approach, great presentation, and overall greatness. It even won two awards (the 2013 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award and the 2014 Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Book Award), which doesn't happen often for a guidebook. At the end of my review, I expressed hope that the book was also the beginning of a new series. This may or may not happen in the long run but I did receive an ARC for A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (Sept 2016) in the mail a while back and devoured it straightaway. If anything, it is even better than the Gettysburg volume. In it, there's a lot of great information about the families, farms, and buildings that occupied the historic battlefield, and the action narrative parceled out in the What Happened Here? sections for every main car stop, walking side tour, and optional visit is simply superb. A detailed, high quality map is assigned to each tour site, as well. The review will await publication, which is a bit more than a month away, but I can wholeheartedly recommend that anyone planning a late summer or autumn visit to the battlefield take a copy of this book along.
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