NOW IN EDIT TO REDUCE SIZE OF BOOK - no one wants it at 750 pages, so let's see what happens if it's shorter and more concise focusing on new information.
By following one soldier’s orders, we learn the attitude of a country. More than any other book like this on the market, the emphasis is on more than just battles, as following orders demonstrates, in these attitudes, how our country developed. Readers will find themselves gaining a working knowledge of the Civil War, and they will see how the Civil War affected the Indian war years, and Reconstruction, and they’ll even come to understand why our country is the way it is today. Lincoln was the first president of the new Republican party; before that, our two-party system was in a state of flux. Since then our politics seems to have stagnated, as though the Democrats and Republicans are still fighting the Civil War. Find out why here.
Henry Bertrand’s “Civil War and Bloody Peace” war years ended over 100 years ago, but in some ways, they’ve never ended at all. We now have a half-African American President in Barack Obama, which should be a great leap forward to ending racism in this country. But that it still needs to be ended indicates the grasp racism has had on this country — which has the distinction of being the last civilized country to free its slaves. The Democrats and Republicans still have a terrible time working together, as evidenced by the divisiveness in George W. Bush’s presidency, the current administration’s difficulty with a Republican Congress. George W. Bush got Democratic approval (not overwhelming but enough) for the start of his Iraq War was by saying, “you’re either with us or against us,” the same language used in the Civil War.
If we look seriously at Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, strip away all the rhetoric and mythology about how great he was, we’d recognize the effort he made to keep the country united, but that had less to do with Emancipation and more to do with the need for progress, industry, the railroads, and resources that the South threatened to withhold. As for being the first American president assassinated, I don’t see how Lincoln possibly could have survived the war, because he was so much a part of it. He probably knew, judging by the dreams he’d had, the ultimate outcome of a Republican presidency on a country so torn by the war. He hadn’t been willing to stop war from starting with recognition that slavery would die on its own as the slaves freed themselves. But if he’d tried that, perhaps an abolitionist would have killed him. (continue reading)