Book Review: A Stillness at Appomattox By Bruce Catton

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Overall Rating 5 out of 5 Stars

If you are unfamiliar with Bruce Catton, he was arguably the most renowned and well-respected Civil War historian of the 20th century. His works have stood the test of time, even forty years after his death. In his last installment of the “Army of the Potomac Trilogy”, Catton tracks the end of the war from the summer of 1864 to the surrender at Appomattox in April of 1865. Told with stunning clarity and amazing narrative, Catton weaves the successes and failures of both armies through the dying days of the war. While I don’t love to give perfect ratings, it would be utterly pretentious for me to give this masterpiece anything less than a perfect rating. It is geared towards the enthusiast, but I feel anyone with a passing interest in the Civil War would thoroughly enjoy the book.

Grant’s Final Victory

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4.3 out of 5 Stars

The hero of the Union is dying, Former President Ulysses S. Grant is suffering from throat cancer, and only has months to live. To make matters worse, the great man is in debt and is in danger of leaving his family with nearly nothing after a failed business and poor investment choices. A lifeline appears, Samuel Clemens, AKA Mark Twain is a great admirer of Grant and proposes a money-making opportunity for the two of them, Grant needs to write his memoirs. Grant is reluctant because he has no experience in crafting books, but his financial plight and the pushing from the great author convinces him to try. At times Grant is too sick to even sleep, but every day he works to finish his Memoirs. Mr. Flood weaves the story brilliantly into a cohesive and entertaining narrative that history nerds and casual readers alike will enjoy.

Charlatan by Pope Brock. The Tale of the most dangerous quack in American History

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Overall Rating 4.5/5 Stars.

By Far, one of my favorite books in the last few years. Tells the twisted tale of the goat gland king and his downfall. Told with wit and dry humor that I appreciate. Brock did a masterful job of keeping the reader interested and spinning the tale of not only Dr. Brinkly but the men who made it their task to bring him down. My final grade of 4.5 is one of the highest I have given in some time. Almost everything in this book gels to perfection, the only complaint I have is that it drags in the middle. Brock did a masterful job of painting the picture of not only the doctor himself but of America and the environment in which quack doctors could thrive.