Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Booknotes II (November '10)

New Arrivals:

1. The Day Dixie Died: The Battle of Atlanta by Gary Ecelbarger (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2010).

At first glance, The Day Dixie Died appears to be a favorable compromise between a large publisher's market and the author's previous battle books [Kernstown and First Winchester/Front Royal] targeted for a smaller audience. By the way, the Publisher's Weekly blurb that's been out for a while now mistakenly lists the number of maps at 3; there are actually 13.  And, yes, that did pre-sour me unnecessarily.  I am going to start on this one tonight.


  1. Hello Drew

    Really gladd to see another book on the western theater.Gary Ecelbarger has an intersting stable of titles, quite varied topics

    I've started this one also and will be interested to hear your evaluation. Not sure is you read Bonds book, on Atlanta? Would be interested to compare the two.

    This book made me wonder what Joe Johnston was thinking? If Hood would have pocketed the order from Jefferson Davis, what would Johnston of done.

    I enjoyed Castel's book on the whole campaign, but wonder if another treatment might be in the works? Maybe Savas Beatie has something under contract?

    Happy Holidays
    Don Hallstrom

  2. Don,
    I've come across rumors (for instance, I read a few years ago that David Evans of "Sherman's Horsemen" fame was working on an Atlanta book of some kind) but nothing formally announced.



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