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by Betsy
posted 09-11-2016 12:01 AM


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wncguy

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#1 posted 09-11-2016 12:40 PM

Betsy – I am not a fanatic but very interested in the Civil War & now enjoy time to visit many of the Battlefields (guess I been to Gettysburg 10 times over 40 years). If you ever visit there or another site that has Licensed Battlefield guides (I know Vicksburg & Antietam do too) please consider using one for a private tour – they are great! I can explain more if you’re interested.

http://gettysburgtourguides.org/

I have not subscribed to any magazines recently, but did enjoy Civil War Times.

Here’s a site with comments on some CW mags…

http://civilwartalk.com/threads/best-favorite-civil-war-magazines.86437/

Good luck – hope you get “hooked”.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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Betsy

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#2 posted 09-11-2016 03:26 PM

Thanks WNC – I may get hooked – time will tell. I really enjoy historical novels which pricks my interest. When the novel’s author says something that sounds “off” I like to research the comment a little. I like authors who are well researched and can sew in the facts with the story.

Thanks for the links – i’ll take a look.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 09-11-2016 03:43 PM

Betsy. I’m a bit of a military hist. fan focusing on the civil war and ww2. i suggest that before you subscribe to magazines you read some of the books to git a general overview or you may be lost with magazine articles than focus on a single event or person. there literally thousands of books on the subject, for a good overview i suggest the writings of Bruce Caton for a lot of information. and that his writing is so readable you might think you are reading a novel.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#4 posted 09-11-2016 03:45 PM

Betsy – sorry for being a pest, but since you like historical novels, you might like to read “The Killer Angels”s by Michael Shaara. I’d imagine your local library would have it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/682804.The_Killer_Angels

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#5 posted 09-11-2016 06:47 PM

Thanks guys. WNC – I’d never consider you a “pest” :-) – actually I’ve read all of the Shaara books – Micheal and Jeff – from civil war to WW II. A friend recommended them to me. Talk about good reading! Their books are what pricked my interest in getting a mag subscription or two. Ken Follett’s century trilogy followed my read of the Shaara books.

RTB – I’ll look at Bruce Caton – I’ve not seen his name before.

Another friend recommended looking at lectures from the Great Courses on Audible. He’s not listened to the military courses but has done others and liked them. Have either of you listened to any of Great Courses offerings?

Thanks guys.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 09-11-2016 07:29 PM

I agree with RTB, that Bruce Catton’s books are very good. Especially the trilogy – Mr Lincoln’s Army, Glory Road & A Stillness at Appomattox.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Catton

No insight on the Great Courses offering.

If you haven’t watched the Ken Burns series on the Civil War, might want to try it.

Good luck & enjoy the journey!

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#7 posted 09-11-2016 07:49 PM

Thanks WNC – I followed the link for Catton. I was surprised that he wrote A Stillness at Appomattox. I actually read that book years and years ago as part of a class in college didn’t recognize the name though. It was not even a history class. The class was a writing class – the instructor used Catton’s book as an example of writing style. I had completely forgotten about it. I’ll have to get a copy and reread it.

I’ll check out the Burns’ series.

Thanks again.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 09-13-2016 03:05 AM

I have enjoyed Steve Ambrose’s books. He wrote “Citizen Soldiers” and “Band of Brothers”. Both are about WWII. His writing style is detailed enough but not overly so, which can happen with some historians. The pace of his books makes them an enjoyable read.

I used to read American Heritage magazine. I liked it but it is from an American perspective. Sometimes other authors’ views didn’t match the articles I had read. There are always multiple view points, especially with historical events.

BJ

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