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  • Readings on Pre 1900 America

    Just a few books of possible interest for those who follow early American history. As always any feedback is most welcome.

    "A Sorrow in Our Heart-The Life of Tecumseh" By Allan Eckert. Noted writer of historical fiction, his non-fiction masterpiece. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    "Liberty" by Thomas Fleming. Overview of the American Revolutionary War. Better coverage of Southern Theater than in many earlier works.

    "Atlas of the North American Indian" by Carl Waldman. Native America before and after the arrival of the Europeans.

    "Encyclopedia of the War of 1812" . Comprehensive coverage of America's most neglected war.

    "Readers Companion to American History" by Foner and Garrity. Makes up in scope what it may lack in depth.

    "A Life Wild and Perilous" by Robert W. Utley. Stories of early white hunters and trappers in the West.

    "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen E. Ambrose. The story of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery.

    "Trans-Allegheny Pioneers" by John P. Hale. Stories of the first white settlers to cross over the mountains.
    Lance W.

    Peace through superior firepower.

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    Assorted Reading Pre 1900

    Just a few books that might be of interest. As always any feedback is welcome.

    "Eyewitness to History" edited by John Carey. A MUST HAVE for anyone who likes history.

    "A Pessamist's Guide to History" edited by Stuart Plexner. see above.

    "The Art of War in the Western World" by Archer Jones. Very good overview.

    Any work of John Keegan is recommended, these are some of the titles to look for:

    "A History of Warfare" by John Keegan

    "The Mask of Command" by John Keegan

    "The Face of Battle" by John Keegan

    "Fields of Battle" by John Keegan

    "The Price of Admiralty" by John Keegan

    "Soldiers" by John Keegan

    "The Story of the Gun" by Ian V. Hogg. How the gun has changed history.

    "Last Stand-Famous Battles Against the Odds" by Bryan Perrett

    "Impossible Victories" by Bryan Perrett

    "Command" by James Lucas

    "Experience of War" by Robert Cowley

    "On War" by Carl von Clauswitz

    "Forward Into Battle" by Paddy Griffith

    "Of Arms and Men" by Robert O'Connell

    "The MacMillian Dictionary of Military Biography"
    Lance W.

    Peace through superior firepower.

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    • #3
      Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson

      Redcoat by Stephen Brumwell

      Paul Revere's Ride David Hackett Fischer
      "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

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      • #4
        Negro President by Garry Wills

        Hello all,

        My brother works a at book warehouse and gave it to me.
        I'm about halfway through Negro President by Garry Wills.
        It covers the Jefferson and his drive to become President.

        The main focus of the book is federal ratio of slaves (5 slaves= 3 free men :crazy: )
        and how it compromised early American politics.
        Wills is a Pulitzer-winning scholar who basically rips Jefferson a new one.
        He goes into great detail showing that Jefferson basically sold out in favor of slavery numerous times before and during his Presidency. I can't wait to get to the end of the book.

        By reading this book, I've come to the conclusion that the Civil War was inevitable beginning with Jefferson's Presidency.

        I highly recommend it.

        Dark_Hercule
        You can never have too much reconnaissance--Gen. G.S. Patton, Jr.

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        • #5
          Presently reading The First World War by Keegan. Recommend this one also.
          http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

          Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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          • #6
            pre-1900 America

            For military side, try "The Wars of America" by Robert Leckie, and "The West Point Atlas of American Wars" Brig Gen Vincent Esposito (editor). This is probably out of print, so you'll need to look in good used bookstores. Otherwise many of the early colonists wrote memoirs and several of the Founding Fathers did as well. The various writings of Thomas Jefferson are good. For readings in a political vein, "The Federalist Papers" by John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton are good.
            Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
            (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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            • #7
              Although they may be a little dry reading
              The Federalist Papers
              The Anti-Federalist Papers and the debate for the Constitution
              Common Sense by Thomas Paine


              and then, one of my favorites:
              Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography....that guy's a character

              Also, I know it's not a book, but PBS's "Liberty: The American Revolution" is a great series.....it also has a companion book, so it counts! :thumb:
              Pvt. Bob Mana,
              Co. B, 3rd Maryland Vol. Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Corps, Union Army of the Potomac

              For the Union

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              • #8
                Originally posted by PvtManaCoB3MD
                Although they may be a little dry reading
                The Federalist Papers
                The Anti-Federalist Papers and the debate for the Constitution
                Common Sense by Thomas Paine


                and then, one of my favorites:
                Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography....that guy's a character

                Also, I know it's not a book, but PBS's "Liberty: The American Revolution" is a great series.....it also has a companion book, so it counts! :thumb:
                It is a good overview of the war.
                Lance W.

                Peace through superior firepower.

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                • #9
                  Re: Assorted Reading Pre 1900

                  Originally posted by Lance Williams
                  Just a few books that might be of interest. As always any feedback is welcome.

                  "Eyewitness to History" edited by John Carey. A MUST HAVE for anyone who likes history.

                  "A Pessamist's Guide to History" edited by Stuart Plexner. see above.

                  "The Art of War in the Western World" by Archer Jones. Very good overview.

                  Any work of John Keegan is recommended, these are some of the titles to look for:

                  "A History of Warfare" by John Keegan

                  "The Mask of Command" by John Keegan

                  "The Face of Battle" by John Keegan

                  "Fields of Battle" by John Keegan

                  "The Price of Admiralty" by John Keegan

                  "Soldiers" by John Keegan

                  "The Story of the Gun" by Ian V. Hogg. How the gun has changed history.

                  "Last Stand-Famous Battles Against the Odds" by Bryan Perrett

                  "Impossible Victories" by Bryan Perrett

                  "Command" by James Lucas

                  "Experience of War" by Robert Cowley

                  "On War" by Carl von Clauswitz

                  "Forward Into Battle" by Paddy Griffith

                  "Of Arms and Men" by Robert O'Connell

                  "The MacMillian Dictionary of Military Biography"
                  Also a New Keegan work "Intelligence in War", haven't read it yet, but very soon - all of his works are brilliant. I would like to have experienced him as senior lecturer of history at Sandhurst (the British military academy).
                  Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
                  (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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                  • #10
                    A good source for books that you may not have heard of is the Gutenburg Project. They provide ebooks for free.

                    I just read a book on the Mormon colonization of Arizona. Now, you may not be interested in Mormons or Arizona, but the day-to-day life and death situations those guys faced are a good example of what all of the colonists in the west faced.

                    It's an excellent book and a very good source of free books (yes, it's legal).
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                    • #11
                      Some Favorites

                      Some of my favorites about the Civil War:

                      Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
                      by James M. McPherson (Author)

                      In my opinion, the best single book history of the Civil War.

                      Grant Takes Command
                      by Bruce Catton

                      This book answers one of the most important questions about the Civil War. How did Grant become head of the Union Army and what did this mean to the prosecution of the Civil War.

                      Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam
                      by Stephen W. Sears

                      I've always thought this was one of the best books about a single battle I've ever read. Stephen Sears has a new book out about Gettysburg, that I can hardly wait to read.

                      Conceived in Liberty: Joshua Chamberlain, William Oates, and the American Civil War
                      by Mark Perry

                      Every so often, someone comes up with a great idea on how to examine an old topic. Perry has written a masterpiece that describes how two men came to the Civil War. One fought for the Union and the other man fought for the Confederacy.

                      Civil War Volume 1-3
                      by Shelby Foote (Author)

                      Finally, if you have the time and energy for a wonderful battlefield history of the Civil War, I highly recommend Shelby Foote.

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                      • #12
                        All good choices..........what about........

                        "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"
                        "The Fetterman Massacre"

                        Mark
                        Deo Vindice
                        Si vis pacem, para bellum. (If you want peace, prepare for war.)

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