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Kemper

METAIRIE, LA, United States

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  • The Dogs of War: 1861

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emory M. Thomas
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In 1861, Americans thought that the war looming on their horizon would be brief. None foresaw that they were embarking on our nation's worst calamity, a four-year bloodbath that cost the lives of more than half a million people. But as eminent Civil War historian Emory Thomas points out in this stimulating and provocative book, once the dogs of war are unleashed, it is almost impossible to rein them in.

    Kemper says: "Cotton exports to Europe from 1855 to 1860"
    "Cotton exports to Europe from 1855 to 1860"
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    If you could sum up The Dogs of War: 1861 in three words, what would they be?

    Extreamly well focused


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Lack of reall readiness for war of either side


    Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favorite?

    He took a rather febled attempt at Beauregard


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It is not that sort of a book.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an extream focus. !861 was really the result of first 1776 and later 1812. Slavery was not delt with in 1776, thus left to fester till 1861. The dependebality of the steam boat was established in 1812 This led to the Souths persuit of the Europian market with their cotton to a point of near strangulation of New England textile mills.
    Cotton was the OIL of 1850s. The economic impact of New England mills having to pay inflated prices for cotton, if they could get at all WAS the one thing that could not be tolorated the North East.
    Virtually every Union Army moving south had literally hundreds of cotton speculators in their company. Complaints from Grant were commom. Even Banks and Butler who profited hansomly from them complained that they often got in the way.
    The DOG'S of WAR was indeed excelent, but such a focus leaves out many key factors

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