©2008 H. W. Crocker III; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"The American Civil War Made Simple"
Contrary to the title's suggestion, there's very little in this title than I would rank as Politically Incorrect. I would however recommend this audiobook unreservedly to anyone with even a passing interest in America's Civil War. The book is well written, divided neatly between battles and personalities and well read.
"Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?"
American history suffers from two great stains: Slavery and the Civil War/War Between the States/War of Southern Succession/War of Northern Aggression. What name you choose reflects your conclusion about the war. Perhaps the Europeans have it best. They call it the "American War."
Most war history is not only the victor's history, but it is also colored by the result of the war, which can obscure the causes of the war. This is the author's main argument: that the war to preserve the Union has been recast as the war to end slavery, thus making the war a noble cause. The war indeed did end slavery, but its causes and the sentiments of the participants were far more complex. The exploration of this complexity is the politically incorrect aim of the book: That while slavery was of course immoral, so too was this war -- perhaps even more so. And without this war, slavery may have ended in a manner far better for everyone, including the slaves.
In the victor's history the loser is vilified. Among these villains we have a large proportion of people who were highly regarded prior to the war, and even after the war, including the grandsons of many of the country's founding fathers. What motivated these noble countrymen? What motivated the Union leaders? The answers do not correspond with a politically correct noble war to end slavery. The answers point to a stain in American history as dark as the stain of slavery.
While it can be said that this book is about the war from the Confederate point of view, it's really about the war from a point of view that considers many moral issues other than just slavery. If you are open to exploring this complexity, you will enjoy this book.
"Civil War from the Southern Point of View"
A balanced look back at the thoughts and feelings of the South before, during and after the Civil War. Nice review of the strengths and weaknesses of the Generals for both sides.
This book re-wired my brain. The author's open sympathy for the confederate cause is backed by rational arguments and historic facts that the public schools in the north didn't impart to me. Crocker is fair to the Northern heros, too, giving credit where it's due.
The narration is excellent, couldn't turn it off.
"Not as unPC as the title suggests."
Despite its title, there isn't much controversial here. (That is assuming you're not one of the very few who think the Civil War was just about a benevolent and liberating Northern force fighting to free slaves from a bigoted, hateful South.). This book is collection of well researched and well documented chapters expanding on little known factoids about the war and its major characters. The author makes the point early and repeatedly that it was the Southern leaders behaving most patriotically and operating the most within the Constitution as written and as intended by the founders. Debatable? Yes. Politically incorrect? Probably not for the last 40 years. Good book.
"Accurate history lesson for all Americans"
This book is no doubt the most accurate and eye opening accounting of the war between the states that I have seen. All Americans, or anyone for that matter, should listen to this and understand what really happened during those years, and since. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to know the truth about the Civil War and how the South is today.
"Excellent Narration and Content"
I was not a Civil War enthusiast until I listened to the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War. I had predicated my purchase of the PIG material on prior purchases and deduced that it would be a good investment. I was so impressed with the narrative on the history of the Civil War from this audio book that I also purchased some of the author's recommended readings. Well done!
"Fair and Balanced"
This work presents a sober view of the War for Southern Independence. The Author doesn't shy away from the tough questions but avoids oversimplifications, logical fallacies, and the usual rhetoric.
Excellent review of what really happened. Even though it won't happen, I wish the south would rise again.
This is one of the best books I've listened to. I have a new appreciation for the Confederacy and now consider myself a sympathizer for their cause.
I liked the facts and the true history behind the Confederate's "no choice but to secede" decision.
Mr. Wallace is a wonderful narrator. Clear and concise.
No. Rarely is.
I recommend this book to students of the War of Southern Succession.
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