As the first book in a large series, 'Manassas' really disappointed. While some of the character development was interesting and necessary (if predictable), the description of the battle and the dialogue between the men fighting it smacked of a B- John Wayne movie. I will give the 2nd book a try but am not optimistic. For better character development, more historical accuracy and more intense battle scenes, I would recommned the Starbuck series by Bernard Cornwell.
An incredibly moving piece of nonfiction that takes the glory and swashbuckling out of war and underscores Sherman's 'war is hell' view. Like the monument at Andersonville, a tribute to all POWs.
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