Friday, April 6, 2007

New Arrivals

From Oxford University Press:
Copperheads by Jennifer Weber.
The Road to Disunion, Vol. II by William Freehling.

These are two highly anticipated titles. Weber penned an excellent article in a recent issue of North & South magazine that presumably outlines her book. That piece and the one by Kamphoefer (I apologize if the spelling is incorrect) really brought to light the strongly divergent political views of recent German immigrants. It appears my own impressions are too heavily colored by the Missouri population. Gerry P's interview last week with William Freehling (seems like an utterly pleasant fellow) on Civil War Talk Radio inspired me to jump Freehling's book up the list.

At present, I just started reading the edited Cunningham dissertation Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862 published by Savas-Beatie. Dimitri was right about the introduction's value. I wish more studies would set aside a part of the book to concisely and critically place the study within the context of the relevant literature up to the time of its publication.

University of Nebraska Press kindly sent me a copy their latest tour guide, The Peninsula & Seven Days by Brian K. Burton. From the Huskers, I will also soon have Scott Patchan's latest book, Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign. If the author's previous work is any indication, this will be masterful military history.

All will be reviewed in good time.

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