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The book is well laid out with sections on the early battles & ideologies that led to the war, with attention to the collection of West Point graduates now .

The book is well laid out with sections on the early battles & ideologies that led to the war, with attention to the collection of West Point graduates now pitted against each other; a section on the brutal middle years excellent collection of essays from Civil War historians, most notably James McPherson. I personally really enjoyed his analysis on the macro & micro strategies that led the North to a victory ("Failed Southern Strategies" and "How Lincoln Won the War with Metaphor"). Robert Cowley is an American military historian, who writes on topics in American and European military history ranging from the Civil War through World War II.

Robert Cowley (Author). In particular they sunk a number of whaling ships. Subtitled "Perspectives on the Civil War," the book is suitable for anyone interested in that period of American history and particularly for those who already have some familiarity with the Civil War and would like some fresh ideas and detailed stories. One person found this helpful.

Various perspectives. com User, February 19, 2004. I suppose for the real Civil War authority, there is nothing really new in Cowley's collection of essays

book by Robert Cowley  . Various perspectives. I suppose for the real Civil War authority, there is nothing really new in Cowley's collection of essays. After all, virtually every included author is a well-known historian with an established reputation and style.

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With My Face to the Enemy is a provocative and wide-ranging anthology of essays on the Civil War - America's defining struggle and the first modern war in history. In thirty-five illuminating essays it examines the war from the perspectives critical to its outcome - the larger-than-life personalities of the important players from Lincoln to Lee, and the national strategies and key battle tactics that shaped the four-year-long crisis. Contributors include the leading lights of Civil War scholarship: James M. McPherson, Stephen W. Sears, Gary W. Gallagher, David Herbert Donald and twenty others.

For this reason, With My Face to the Enemy will find a large and appreciative audience, eager to hear what our era's most distinguished historical thinkers and writers have to say about a conflict that still echoes in our hearts and minds to this day. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

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Essays on the most vital conflict in our nation's history written by renowned historians and presented by the editor of the acclaimed What If?With My Face to the Enemy is a provocative and wide-ranging anthology of essays on the Civil War-our nation's defining struggle and the first modern war in history. In thirty-five illuminating essays and one hundred and fifty thousand words, it examines the war from the perspectives critical to its outcome-the larger-than-life personalities of the important players from Lincoln to Lee, and the national strategies and key battle tactics that shaped the four-year-long crisis. Contributors include the leading lights of Civil War scholarship: James M. McPherson, Stephen W. Sears, Gary W. Gallagher, David Herbert Donald, and twenty others.James M. McPherson's essays ponder three diverse, yet fascinating subjects: Abraham Lincoln's use of language and its role in his victory; Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee's failed Southern strategies; and Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs as a reflection of his superlative generalship. Stephen W. Sears, in four essays, describes the daring flanking maneuvers of Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville, and presents the last word on Lee's infamous "lost order," among other topics. Other highlights include David Herbert Donald on Lincoln's early command; Gary W. Gallagher on Lee's record before his ascension as a Southern icon; John Bowers on Chickamauga; Noah Andre Trudeau on the battle of the Wilderness; Thomas Fleming on West Point, and much more.

Comments: (7)

Whiteflame
I listened to this book on audiocassette. I assume that the editor picked six of the best essays from the hardcopy book for the audio version. They are:
Lincoln Takes Charge by David Herbert Donald
Failed Southern Strategies by James M. McPherson
Malvern Hill by Stephen W. Sears
When Lee was Mortal by Gary W. Gallagher
The Rock of Chickamauga: George H. Thomas by John Bowers
Rebel Without a War: The Shenandoah by Robert F. Jones

All of these are worth listening to. Narrator Eric Conger does an excellent job, and of course, the highly-respected authors all conducted thorough research and wrote clearly on interesting topics.

Personally I found the last two to be particularly intriguing because they covered stories that were fairly new to me. For example, George Thomas was a native of Virginia who chose to remain in the U.S. Army after his home state seceded. His family never spoke to him again! His leadership at Chickamauga and elsewhere in Tennessee earned him well-deserved acclaim.

As for the final essay in this version, the CSS Shenandoah fired the last shot of the Civil War basically because the captain and crew did not know that the war had ended until late in the summer of 1865. Their job had been to damage Union commerce by destroying commercial vessels, and this they did. In particular they sunk a number of whaling ships.

Subtitled "Perspectives on the Civil War," the book is suitable for anyone interested in that period of American history and particularly for those who already have some familiarity with the Civil War and would like some fresh ideas and detailed stories.
Venemarr
It's pretty much common sense that Anthologies are a real mixed bag but With My Face to the Enemy is more than the average. This compilation has some wonderful stuff and to be honest one or two that I'm surprised got past the editor considering the factual errors they have.
On the good side you have some really first rate pieces. Stephen Sears comes through with some great stuff as usual with 'The Last Word on the Lost Order', 'The Ordeal of General Stone' and 'Malvern Hill'. However these works can be found in his book "Controversies and Commanders" or his book on the Peninsula Campaign.
Still there are other less well known writers in addition to the well known ones like Sears, Gallagher and McPherson, to make this worth picking up. Robert Jones' Rebel Without a War sticks out as exceptional as does John Taylor's 'The Crater'. Also two different articles that cover Col William Oates and Col Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain 'The Antagonists of Little Round Top'I found to be very interesting reads.
On the bad side a few of the article lean a bit towards the dry side and there are some factual errors, especially in Tom Flemming's 'Band of Brothers'. The article makes a number of mistakes such as stating that General Richard Garnett rode in Pickett's Charge because he was to sick with fever to walk. The actual truth however is that Garnett had been kicked by a horse and his leg was still to sore for him to walk. Flemming also repeats the old fable that Grant sent an engraved silver serving set across the battle lines at Petersburg to George and Sally Pickett as a present when their son was born. However this story is widely known to be a fictional creation of Sally Pickett's after the war.
So in the end while a bit uneven, there's enough first rate material to make the book worth it.
Orll
The American Civil War (1861-1865) followed the freeing of Texas by settlers who had moved into Mexican territory and then took it over for themselves. After joining the United States, President Polk had a war with Mexico to claim a border at the Rio Grande River, where Mexicans had been living on the north shore suddenly claimed by US troops. Jefferson Davis had been in that war and military intelligence was lacking most information that was spread in the Spanish language Mexicans knew better than we did. Books like Starving the South and Come Retribution already provided me with the background which adds to what Ambrose Bierce wrote about combat between the states. In With My Face to the Enemy, I find episodes like:

it must take one brigadier general to arrest another one (p. 42).

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With My Face to the Enemy: Perspectives on the Civil War download epub
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Author: Various,Robert Cowley
ISBN: 0399147373
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Putnam Adult (June 4, 2001)
Pages: 464 pages