Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review of The Road to Guilford Courthouse by John Buchanan

Author:  John Buchanan.
Title:  The Road to Guilford Courthouse:  The American Revolution in the Carolinas.
Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons.
Copyright:  1997.
Pages:  452.
Price:  $19.95 (US).

Overview and Impressions:

This book took a while to read.  The author packed lots of information into few pages. 

The Road to Guilford Courthouse covers the American Revolution in the Carolinas starting in Charleston, South Carolina and ending with General Greene's defeat at Guilford Courthouse.  That paved the while for General Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown.  Cornwallis took the cream of his army through the Caolinas chasing after General Morgan's irregulars and General Greene's Continentals.  Corwallis destroyed his army in the process.  Thus, setting the stage for the British loss of her thirteen colonies.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mid-April 2017 reading....

Here's a section of books that I'm reading....

1)  The Lost Stars:  Shattered Spear by Jack Campbell.  I'm about 2/3 way through this last The Lost Stars novel.  It's been entertaining so far.  I'm curious to see how everything ends next week....

2)  The Road to Guilford Courthouse:  The American Revolution in the Carolinas by Buchanan.  It's hard to remember that the American Revolution was really a civil between loyalist Tories and Patriot Whigs for control of the continent.  Interesting read.  I'm at the point of Cowpens, which I already read about.  It's been a hard read to digest all the information that the author provides, however.

3)  I finished Posiedon's Wake by Alastair Reynolds.  Interesting story about space explorers from Africa coming back home to Earth centuries later...

4)  I also finished The Madness of Alexander the Great:  And the Myth of Military Genius by Gabriel.  See previous blog entry for comprehensive review.

5)  I recently started was Such Men as These:  US Naval Aviators During the Korean War by Sears.  Starts in with Mitcher and his posting on the USS Valley Forge in 1952 in the Sea of Japan.

6)  My final book was Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson.  I barely started it before putting it down last Easter....

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review of The Madness of Alexander the Great: And the Myth of Military Genius by Richard A. Gabriel

Author:  Richard A. Gabriel.
Title:  The Madness of Alexander the Great:  And the Myth of Military Genius.
Publisher:  Pen and Sword.
Copyright:  2015.
Pages:  224.

Overview and Impressions:
I'm no fan of Alexander the Great.  He died like most tyrants drinking himself to death.  According to the author, Alexander had a lot of emotional baggage that eventually unhinged him.  He couldn't trust anyone and saw conspiracies around him.  Alexander only felt relief in combat and wanted a heroic death in place of his miserable existence.

I'll give the author that Alexander was brave and reckless.  However, he didn't plan out his strategies too well.  Once he couldn't conquer the known world, Alexander turned his back on the people that help put him in power.  I could go on....

However, I won't.  The book is interested to think that Alexander the Great suffered from PTSD.  It's a better theory that someone inner city high teacher saying Alexander the Great died from AIDS!