©2008 H. W. Crocker III; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
A science fiction fan for as long as I can remember but I also enjoy history (fact and fiction) and humor.
Contrary to the title's suggestion, there's very little in this title than I would rank as Politically Incorrect. I would however recommend this audiobook unreservedly to anyone with even a passing interest in America's Civil War. The book is well written, divided neatly between battles and personalities and well read.
Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.
A balanced look back at the thoughts and feelings of the South before, during and after the Civil War. Nice review of the strengths and weaknesses of the Generals for both sides.
Say something about yourself!
Despite its title, there isn't much controversial here. (That is assuming you're not one of the very few who think the Civil War was just about a benevolent and liberating Northern force fighting to free slaves from a bigoted, hateful South.). This book is collection of well researched and well documented chapters expanding on little known factoids about the war and its major characters. The author makes the point early and repeatedly that it was the Southern leaders behaving most patriotically and operating the most within the Constitution as written and as intended by the founders. Debatable? Yes. Politically incorrect? Probably not for the last 40 years. Good book.
American history suffers from two great stains: Slavery and the Civil War/War Between the States/War of Southern Succession/War of Northern Aggression. What name you choose reflects your conclusion about the war. Perhaps the Europeans have it best. They call it the "American War."
Most war history is not only the victor's history, but it is also colored by the result of the war, which can obscure the causes of the war. This is the author's main argument: that the war to preserve the Union has been recast as the war to end slavery, thus making the war a noble cause. The war indeed did end slavery, but its causes and the sentiments of the participants were far more complex. The exploration of this complexity is the politically incorrect aim of the book: That while slavery was of course immoral, so too was this war -- perhaps even more so. And without this war, slavery may have ended in a manner far better for everyone, including the slaves.
In the victor's history the loser is vilified. Among these villains we have a large proportion of people who were highly regarded prior to the war, and even after the war, including the grandsons of many of the country's founding fathers. What motivated these noble countrymen? What motivated the Union leaders? The answers do not correspond with a politically correct noble war to end slavery. The answers point to a stain in American history as dark as the stain of slavery.
While it can be said that this book is about the war from the Confederate point of view, it's really about the war from a point of view that considers many moral issues other than just slavery. If you are open to exploring this complexity, you will enjoy this book.
This book re-wired my brain. The author's open sympathy for the confederate cause is backed by rational arguments and historic facts that the public schools in the north didn't impart to me. Crocker is fair to the Northern heros, too, giving credit where it's due.
The narration is excellent, couldn't turn it off.
Nothing to see here folks. For anyone who has a knowledge of the Civil War beyond what the teacher told you in high school, there are no revelations in this book. The book is of course slanted in favor of the South and is full of opinionated writing that is weakly backed by questionable facts. One of the issues I have with the book is that it still doesn't take responsibility for the South firing the first shot. Had the South waited and gained support from Britain and France first, history might be very different. An outright falsehood in the book is the statement that Lincoln owned slaves. Lincoln's family left Kentucky when he was a child and he never again lived in a slave state. Lincoln did hire both black and white servants, and may have come into possession of an indentured servant (someone working to repay a debt, not the same as a slave). There is no definitive proof that this person was indentured.
Overall this book is a waste of time. If you want to learn about the war, read McPherson and Foote.
This book is no doubt the most accurate and eye opening accounting of the war between the states that I have seen. All Americans, or anyone for that matter, should listen to this and understand what really happened during those years, and since. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to know the truth about the Civil War and how the South is today.
This is one of the best books I've listened to. I have a new appreciation for the Confederacy and now consider myself a sympathizer for their cause.
I liked the facts and the true history behind the Confederate's "no choice but to secede" decision.
Mr. Wallace is a wonderful narrator. Clear and concise.
No. Rarely is.
I recommend this book to students of the War of Southern Succession.
I was not a Civil War enthusiast until I listened to the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War. I had predicated my purchase of the PIG material on prior purchases and deduced that it would be a good investment. I was so impressed with the narrative on the history of the Civil War from this audio book that I also purchased some of the author's recommended readings. Well done!
Although the author makes many good points, some of his assertions are, in my opinion, sheer nonsense. It always amazes me to hear people try to pass off the crap about the war not being about slavery, and I was born and raised in the South. If you listen to this, do so with an open mind and remember that these are his opinions, then listen to some of the good Civil War books :-)
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