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This book is full of wonderful images: a proud graduate in cap and gown, a baseball team, uniformed schoolgirls, a couple posing with a classic car, a man with a dog, a young soldier in uniform, and much more. There are some particularly nice pictures of children that should appeal to contemporary kids. Together these pictures offer a moving glimpse into the lives of African-Americans in Roberts' time. Roberts had a real gift for photography, and the format of this book makes that gift accessible to young readers. Highly recommended.
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These accounts were part of series that was concieved in 1883 by the editors of the Century Company to give future readers an idea of what went on during this, one of the costliest wars, fought by Americans on their home soil. Accounts found in this volume take us to General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, but there are accounts of the battles leading upto this event that are important to the outcome and final resolution of this conflict. As this volume opens we find an account of the land and sea operations of the Battle of Charleston, South Carolina and Grant's Wilderness Campaign. Sherman's march through the South, starting in Atlanta, also included in this volume, we read about the final actions in Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Anyone wishing to know more about the Civil War... this is a must to own and read at your leisure. You will experience a rich satisfaction of accounts written by the people who fought these battles... battles that pitted brother against brother, North against the South, and ideals agaist ideals. A war that had to be fought to resolve issues that the Founding Fathers knew some day would have to come to pass if they could not settle them. A war for the very existence of the union, otherwise there would never be a United Staes as we know it today.
These are the accounts of men who bravely fought on both sides, giving their all, some the ultimate sacrifice, but settled nonetheless, to make this country what it is today. Excellent history for all to read, The Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume one, "The Opening Battles." Volume two: "The Struggle Intensifies." Volume three: "The Tide Shifts." Volume four: "Retreat with Honor." you will NOT be disappointed.
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Hendrik Hertzberg was a speech writer for President Carter during his last two years in office. Hertzberg is a good speaker and often used humor to describe Carter and his administration. Hendrik describes Carter well. He portrays him as a loner and someone opposed to pomp and glitter. He also stated that Carter was no idealogue. Rather he handled issues one by one as they arose. And he spread himself too thin. Hendrik descibes some of the major events of the Carter Administration. The Panama Canal Treaty, the Israeli/Egyptian peace talks and the failed Iranian hostage rescue mission. Hertzberg portrays Carter as a courageous moral leader. But he also shows that Carter was not a great political leader.
Robert Dallek is a successful author and he shows here that he is also a good speaker. Dallek studied Lyndon Johnson thoroughly and clearly understood him. He states accurately that Lyndon Johnson was a complex man with a seemingly contradictory personality. Dallek quotes several stories about Johnson to show his sense of humor and his temperament.
Dallek provides data about Johnson's popularity over the years. As President, his approval ratings were good. As an ex President he's less popular. Dallek gives three reasons why he thinks LBJ's popularity has fallen. His assessment is probably correct.
Dallek then proceeds to rate Johnson as a President. He gives LBJ high marks in the realms of vision, pragmatism and consensus building on domestic issues. And he states that Johnson was very successful in passing his bills through Congress. Dallek provides a whole list of good bills which Johnson pushed through. In summary, Robert Dallek's assessment of Lyndon Johnson and his Presidency is very accurate and well informed.
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