Books by Charles Bracelen Flood

Charles Bracelen Flood is the author of Lee: The Last Years, Hitler: The Path to Victory, and Rise and Fight Again, which won an American Revolution Round Table Award. He lives in Richmond, Kentucky.

Released: June 2, 2015

"Top-notch military history."
The word "legendary" is overused in military history, but it is almost an understatement for the Lafayette Escadrille. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A welcome addition to the literature surrounding Grant and his time."
A lucid, often somber account of the sad but noble decline of Ulysses S. Grant. Read full book review >
1864 by Charles Bracelen Flood
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Stirring history told in rich detail."
Historian Flood (Grant and Sherman, 2005, etc.) offers an inside view of the Lincoln White House during one of the most critical years of the Civil War, focusing on the president's battle for re-election. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"A worthy contribution to the Civil War literature."
A well-crafted study of "two failed men with great potential" without whom the Civil War might have ended differently. Read full book review >
HITLER by Charles Bracelen Flood
Released: April 28, 1989

Flood, a historian (Lee: The Last Years, 1981; etc.) and novelist (Trouble at the Top, 1972; etc.) now tackles Hitler's early years in order to gain a fuller understanding of how this seemingly insignificant man came to exercise such terrible power. After a brief psychobiographical review (Hitler's father had "created in his son the classic desire of a whipped child: the need for revenge"), Flood begins his narrative with 1919. He points out that, despite the ridicule often poured on Hitler for his low status as a lance corporal in WW I, he had actually shown great bravery in the war. Wounded twice and just out of the hospital (cured of a temporary blindness incurred during a gas attack), Hitler emerged from war ready to meet his destiny. In intimate detail, Flood follows Hitler as he joins the fledgling German Workers Party in 1919 and then—using his blazing oratorical abilities to prey upon mass disaffection with the ruined economy and with Versailles—as he wrests control of the party from its founder, Anton Drexler (who upon first hearing Hitler speak exclaimed, "This one has a big mouth! We could use him"). The party, now known as the National Socialist Party, acquired a newspaper (Beobachter)—for which Hitler wrote inflammatory articles that he then used as springboards for thunderous speeches. Within two years, Hitler was using the designation of Party Fuhrer. Flood takes the story up through the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch—which landed Hitler in jail for nine months and enabled him to consolidate his thinking and strategies for his final eight-year climb to absolute power. A valuable microcosmic work that supplements such fuller treatments as Bullock's Hitler: A Study in Tyranny (1962) and Toland's Adolf Hitler (1976). Read full book review >