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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne: history, war, an engaging character...a winning combination.

I am always amazed at the ability of some authors to take a well-known and well-loved historical figure and bring him or her to life one more time. S.C. Gwynne has done just that with Rebel Yell. Readers who are familiar with Civil War history will think they know all about Stonewall Jackson. This book will give even those most familiar with Jackson new insight into the man.

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson is a heroic character, a romantic character, and a tragic character. His battlefield strategies confounded and confused not only the enemy but his own compatriots. His grief for a lost love was felt by women everywhere. His tragic death gave rise to grieving on both sides of the line. He is remembered today, studied today, and in this case is a remarkable read for today.

I recommend this book to all who are interested in anything related to the American Civil War. It is a fast, well-written, well-researched work that should be on your to-read list.

S.C. Gwynne is the author of the New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Publication date: Sept. 30, 2014