Sunday, December 7, 2008

My Favorite Books Of '08. . .

Only a few more weeks before we welcome in 2009.

So what better time to look back at some of the best (mostly Civil War) titles of 2008, or at least my personal favorites of this past year?

Below are my top ten for 2008, in no particular order. . .

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Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War, by Stephen V. Ash.
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One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863, by Eric J. Wittenberg, J.D. Petruzzi, and Michael Nugent.
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Robert Rodes: A Biography. By Darrell Collins.
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Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of Jeb Stuart, by Jeffry D. Wert.
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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin Faust.
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Lincoln: President Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter of 1860-61, by Harold Holzer.

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Lincoln And His Admirals, by Craig Symonds.

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General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse, by Joseph T. Glatthaar.

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A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign, by Timothy D. Johnson.
(OK, so this one was technically published in 2007, but it was "new" to me in 2008).

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History, by Gordon S. Wood.

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6 comments:

Sarah Keeney said...

Hi John,

Thanks for mentioning some of our titles, One Continuous Fight and Major General Robert E. Rodes, as your 2008 picks. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the books. Here's looking toward 2009! We have some great Civil War titles coming out which you can preview here http://www.savasbeatie.com/2009_springbooks.pdf and a Spring Book Trailer here http://www.dvgraphix.com/SB40sec.wmv

Sarah Keeney
http://savasbeatie.com/index.htm

Anonymous said...

John you have been reading too many good books lately (and it is beginning to cost me). Could you help my wallet out and please read some of the really bad books out there? (I'm reading one now.)

John C. Nicholas

John David Hoptak said...

Well John. . .
I've always believed that if you don't have something good to say. . .

Enjoy your "light" reading selections while down in Florida, and if I don't see you beforehand, have a happy Christmas and very merry New Year.

J David Petruzzi said...

J.D., (love those initials!)

My sincerest thanks for including One Continuous Fight on your list. I'm humbled, and very glad that you enjoyed it. When someone places your work as a "best" in a list, the feeling is difficult to put into words.

Thanks so much!

J.D. Petruzzi

John David Hoptak said...

J.D.~

It's my pleasure; I thoroughly enjoyed your work.

P.S. Is there an Antietam project in your future. . .?

Brad said...

For what it's worth, This Republic of Suffering has been picked by the New York Times as one of the best 10 books of the year.

Brad