Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Citizen General

I've always had deep respect for Jacob Cox, a civilian who thrived in both independent and subordinate command roles during the Civil War, so I'll be looking to get a copy of Eugene Schmiel's Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era (Ohio Univ Pr, April '14) next spring. Be prepared for sticker shock on this one, though.


  1. Drew: We are getting to the point where authors may have to ask themselves if they're in this business solely for self-satisfaction rather than "fame" or profit. With all due respect to our friends in these academic presses, this sort of pricing is a signal that they are publishing solely for institutional collections.That's a real shame because they are slowly cutting out a wider audience and ensuring that good research and writing will stay hidden in a vault. I'll wager that Mr. Schmiel isn't getting rich as a result of that absurd pricing.

  2. I am not sure if the paperback version was listed when this was posted, but it fairly reasonable at less than $25.

    1. Yes, it only appeared after the post. Unlike the HC ed., the PB is priced in line with what we've come to expect.

  3. That's decent for Paperback but still pricey (not McFarland paperback pricey though).

    I would prefer having the Hardcover at a decent price as they are just better and more durable.


  4. Unfortunately, I think many serious readers prefer a hardback. What I usually do in a situation like this is to wait until I can find a used copy at a more reasonable price. Which is admittedly doing the author no favors.



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