Search Results: "William C. Davis"


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JEFFERSON DAVIS by William C. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1991

"A dispassionate, well-researched, and skillful biography of a complex and controversial figure. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
A fine, objective portrait in paradox, shrewdly detailing how Jefferson Davis's character flaws rendered him woefully unsuited to be President of the Confederacy. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 1970

"That smile is almost worth the discomfort of being peppered with boldface letters (sometimes in signs like EAT) and exposed to a history lesson—though we were glad to see one scholar snoozing: Miss Raskin's insight matches her outreach and usually she balances the two better."
Anyone can read A & THE—the words that is, printed in boldface throughout the text: but the child who looks for them assiduously is apt to lose the thread of a tricky story, while on the other hand if he doesn't see T & C and recognize them when tie sees them, he may miss the point. Read full book review >

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C by Tom McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Flawed but fascinating."
An ambitious, epochal second novel from the author of Remainder (2007). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"While Davis's insights aren't particularly new, his examination of Lincoln from the viewpoint of the average Union soldier confirms 'Old Abe's' undeniable genius as a wartime leader."
A worthwhile, though hardly groundbreaking study of the emotional bonds forged between the average Union soldier and "Father Abraham" Lincoln. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2004

"An engaging study, full of odd twists and forgotten episodes."
Just in time for the big-budget remake of The Alamo: not a tie-in, but a learned account of how Texas came to be an independent republic, and then the Lone Star State. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"A splendid narrative history, perceptive, authoritative, and moving. (b&w photos, map, not seen)"
Distinguished historian Davis ably probes the lives of three legendary figures, finding much to illuminate the nature of frontier life in early America. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2005

"Davis considers the Laffites to have been more entrepreneurs than pirates, ambitious but hapless, 'men of temporal success but lifetime failure.' A splendid telling of their endlessly interesting tale."
Prolific historian Davis (Lone Star Rising, 2004, etc.), director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, serves up a highly engaging chronicle of the brothers Laffite, anarchist princes of the early republic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2002

"There probably have been too many books written about the Civil War—James Thurber once suggested that fines be levied on authors of new ones. Davis, though, admirably sheds some new light on an old topic."
Historian Davis (Lincoln's Men, 1999, etc.) offers a thoughtful social and political history of the Confederacy, without the usual emphasis on armies and battles. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2001

"Told with a sure voice and in clear delight of the period, Davis draws a sharp picture not merely of Toombs and Stephens, but of all the politicking of the Antebellum and Civil War South."
A crisp story capturing the important roles played by Georgia natives Toombs and Stephens in the birth of the Confederacy, from prolific historian Davis (Bluegrass Confederate, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"A fine analysis of the way in which myth-making can distort history. (23 photos, not seen)"
Veteran Civil War historian Davis, expanding on themes delineated in his earlier books (A Government of Our Own, 1994, etc.), outlines the myths and distortions that have traditionally prevented Americans from seeing the Confederacy in its true light. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A fresh look at the sources and a careful eye to leadership and character places this book high atop the list of recent Civil War histories."
"The cheering proved to be our folly." Thus said Robert E. Lee, chiding Southern vanity at the outbreak of the Civil War, the setting for this thoughtful study of command. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2011

"Not only does Davis cast a bright light into these murky corners of our national past, he does so with a grace and clarity equal to the best historical writing today."
Davis (History/Virginia Tech; The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf, 2005, etc.), presents a significant study of an obscure but highly revealing moment in American history—the declaration of independence by American settlers of the oft-disputed Territory of West Florida in 1804. Read full book review >