Search Results: "William C. Rhoden"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2006

"Provocative and distressing—just the right combination for beginning an important conversation."
New York Times sports columnist Rhoden explores the history of African-American athletes, decrying the unwillingness of modern players to take the courageous stands that characterized their predecessors. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"Solid history and good storytelling in a swift-paced narrative."
A skillfully rendered account of the closing hours of the Civil War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1994

"Despite its flaws, a useful history of a relatively undercovered aspect of the Civil War. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An authoritative account from Civil War historian Davis (Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour, 1991) of the would-be Founding Fathers of the Confederacy. 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: Feb. 15, 1995

"An intimate picture of a vanished world. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections)"
Historian Davis (A Government of Our Own, 1994, etc.) uses the story of an old Indian trail as an opportunity to take a leisurely, pleasurable look at the social and cultural history of the Mississippi/Alabama frontier. 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 >

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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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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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Released: March 9, 1993

"A revelatory record that confirms history's verdict on one of the Third World's least appealing strongmen. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
In the aftermath of his 1969 reelection as president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos began keeping a secret diary. 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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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 >