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Hard Tack and Coffee | [John D. Billings]

Hard Tack and Coffee

First published more than 100 years ago, Hard Tack and Coffee is John Billings' absorbing account of the everyday life of a U.S. Army soldier during the Civil War. It is written by a person who would know the material best, a genuine Civil War soldier.
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Audible Editor Reviews

United States Civil War veteran John D. Billings' Hard Tack and Coffee first hit the best-seller list way back in 1888, and has ever since been considered by historians to be a peerless source of information about the humdrum lives of soldiers fighting in one of the most brutal periods of conflict in US history.

Jim Roberts takes care to draw out Billings' characteristic humor in his performance of this work, clearly articulating Billings' tales of his day-to-day life and activities as a Union soldier. This work may be of special interest to Civil War reenactors, who will find it full of vivid details about the mundaneness of a soldier's life beyond the battlefield.

Publisher's Summary

First published more than 100 years ago, Hard Tack and Coffee is John Billings' absorbing account of the everyday life of a U.S. Army soldier during the Civil War. It is written by a person who would know the material best, a genuine Civil War soldier.

©1992 Jimcin Recordings

What the Critics Say

"His account is often full of humor as he describes soldiers' rations, fights with lice, and camp songs. Narrator Roberts does a good job overall." (AudioFile)

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    Scherrie Laurel, MT, USA 03-13-09
    Scherrie Laurel, MT, USA 03-13-09
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    "Hard Tack & Coffee"

    I enjoy history so this was very enlightening regarding the lives and trevails that our soldiers on both sides had to endure. There were many hardships that I don't think people understand in modern times. Gives lots of insite on how we lived and defended our nation during the Civil War.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Durham, CA, USA 11-26-07
    Rob Durham, CA, USA 11-26-07
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    "Good, dry information"

    I purchased this title expecting to get a plain, matter-of-fact account of the day-to-day life of a civil war soldier. I was not disappointed.

    If you are at all intrigued with the civil war and would like to hear a good first person account, you can probably "soldier" through this, but keep in mind there was no attempt made to make this material interesting to the average person.

    The reader was as dry as the content.

    The information was very complete, which is why I give it a high rating.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 07-30-13
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 07-30-13
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    If you could sum up Hard Tack and Coffee in three words, what would they be?

    Really damn interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story told of many details about day to day life in the Union Army that I didn't know. Interesting stuff.


    What does Jim Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A decent tone of voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's not really a good book for a film, unless it was a documentary.


    Any additional comments?

    Super interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Abingdon, VA, United States 01-24-13
    Michael Abingdon, VA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. There was alot of intersting information and quite a different prospective than most history books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader could have made the listen more intertaining if he had sounded like he was interested in the material his self.


    Did Hard Tack and Coffee inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The editing could have been much better. At the end of every chapter the last word was cut short and spliced into the first word of the next chapter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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