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Black Southerners in Gray: Essays on Afro-Americans in Confederate Armies
Published in Paperback by Rank & File Pub (1997)
Authors: Arthur W. Bergeron, Thomas Cartwright, Ervin L., Jr Jordan, Richard Rollins, and Rudolph Young
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An errant stroll down an irrelevant path
The research and the premise behind this book are seriously flawed, thus "an errant stroll down an irrelevant path." Some very notable Civil War scholars have all taken the time to read this tedious tome, and have managed to shed some light on the nature of the misinformation presented by Bergeron. First, most of the names that Bergeron produces prove to be support personnel: cooks, teamsters, man servants, and the like. Most of the gun-toting "Confederates" that Bergeron does produce actually turn out to be "home guards," a loosely organized group of militia that never actually operated with the Confederate army and certainly never saw combat. One of the few "black" combatants that Bergeron *does* manage to produce actually turns out to have been mistakenly admitted to the Confederate Army under the assumption that he was white. When the truth was discovered, he was promptly discharged.

For perhaps the ultimate authority on this matter, we should look to Robert Krick, chief historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville and author of ten books on the Confederacy. He has researched over 200,000 service records, and says he's come across maybe "six, or 12 at the very most" who might have been black. Hardly supportive of the notion that there were more than a handful of black Confederate combatants.

However, this is all a very amusing stroll down an irrelevant path. Even if Bergeron managed to provide real evidence of several thousand black soldiers fighting for the Confederacy instead of the shoddily researched handfuls that he does give us, what would be the point? Many of the Wermacht soldiers were of Jewish lineage, and 77 of Hitler's highest ranking officers were either Jewish or married to Jews. Does this lead us to feel any less horrified by the actions of the National Socialists? Are we to believe that a smattering of collaboration is somehow equal to a wholesale endorsement?

This book is another sad example in the ongoing struggle to rewrite history. Rather than read this, I suggest you do yourself a favor and read a serious book about the attitudes of the south prior to the war, most notably "Apostles of Disunion" and "Crisis of Fear."

A Peek Under the Rug At Inconvenient History
The idea that the Confederate Army consisted of any black soldiers at all is a refutation to the modern notion the all Southern whites hated all Southern blacks in pre-Civil war days. That the ranks of black soldiers were more than an insignificant smattering turns conventional wisdom on its head.

According to the thoroughly documented essays in this volume, black support for the confederacy was broad and intense. Some of the black supporters were free blacks--many of whom owned slaves themselves. No doubt some were uneducated slaves duped by unscrupulous Southern partisans to back a cause they did not understand. Some must have been forced to aid the confederacy against their wills, but the majority of individuals discussed in these pages wholeheartedly agreed with the objectives of the rebellion.

To those who may dismiss the findings of this work, their legitimacy seems proven by the extensive documentation. At times the superscript weighs down the pages as assertion after assertion is annotated. Six different authors contributed to the collection and at times the facts are illogically tautological. Two essays by Richard Rollins-allegedly about different subjects--rehash much of the same data. Especially disturbing is the second offering titled "Black Confederates At Gettysburg," which barely touches on that subject. While this disorganized presentation is a sizable detraction, the work is a genuine eye-opener.

Those of us living in the twenty-first century will probably find the choices made by these slaves as impossible to comprehend as the fact that human beings could ever be bought and sold as property. One of Mr. Rollins vignettes makes an essential point concerning "the need to be sensitive to the historical figures we deal with in the context of the time they lived, rather than allow the ideological and intellectual assumptions of our own day to dictate what we have to say about the people of the civil war era-both black and white." Centuries from now common folk may very well look back at our "enlightened era" aghast that we condoned partial-birth abortion and euthanasia.

Our rightful revulsion to the slave trade should not allow us to forget that many confederate soldiers-both black and white--were noble men. Nothing in this conglomeration makes any attempt to diminish the horror that all decent people know slavery was. Perhaps it is the institutionalized unfairness of their lives that makes the profiled black patriots' sacrifices all the more doughty. The book's most challenging postulation may be Ervin L. Jordan's lament that the slaves and free black citizens served the confederacy "not as a consequence of white pressure but due to their own preferences. They are the Civil War's forgotten people, yet their own existence was more widespread than American history has recorded. Their bones rest in unhonored glory in Southern soil, shrouded by falsehoods, indifference, and historians' censorship."

Worth reading for it's view you rarely read about
History is made up of the stories surrounding events and this book adds another story worth reading.
Many people still believe the Civil War was about slavery, not state rights. Many people also do not realize that right before slavery was officially banned by the U.S. governement, there were over 400 blacks that worked as slaves to help build the capital building. Blacks had been selling their own people (and whites) into slavery long before the U.S. got involved in the trade. True, it was a serious mistake that has repercusions that are still being felt in this country.
It is interesting to note, however, that considering how bad the pre-Civil War South is made to sound, the American Africans in this country have long enjoyed better standards of living and health than in any other country, especially their countries of origin. This book points out that many blacks were in favor of preserving the Southern government. Not only that, it points out that even after receiving freedom, many chose to go back and work for their old masters pretty much as before. There were many blacks loved and adored by their families and this is one unfortunate piece of Civil War history often overlooked. It seems the concepts that founded this country are gradually being lost. Now more than ever, the issue of states rights needs to be re-visited to protect the sovereignty, strength and long-term well-being of the U.S. Or we will pass from United STATES to something akin to the United KING-DOM.

The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Published in Library Binding by Bt Bound (1999)
Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
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The Not So Interesting Retelling
In the book The Sword and the Stone by Rosemary Sutcliff, she retells the classic Arthurian stories. When Arthur as a young boy was sent to find Sir Kay's sword, he soon came upon a sword in a stone. Not knowing that he was the only man to pull Excalibor, his soon to be sword, from the stone, he was soon destined to become King of all Britain. Including the story where Arthur becomes King, she also retells the adventures of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table.
In the original stories of King Arthur and his knight, the author simplify the stories. In Rosemary Sutcliff's book, she gives a lot of details and makes every story go further and some become more interesting. Although she does not change much but the names of some characters, the story line stays about the same as the original stories.
The book The Sword and the Circle might appeal interesting to people who like old legends such as King Arthur legends. To others, it will seem extremely boring. Some of these stories keep you interesting in some parts like in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In others, the author runs on and on and the story doesn't get any better. This book would probably be for kids 12+ because of the bigger and more descriptive words. I would give this book two out of five stars and would not waste your time reading this.

A Great Adventure About King Arthur and his Knights
The Sword and the Circle is a great book about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The story begins with how Arthur actually became king. The story then continues on with adventures of Arthur and how he assembles his Knights of the Round Table. The book tells about the many quests of Arthur, his knights, Guenever, and Merlin, the magician. During the story Arthur adds many knights to his group, but none stand out more than Gawain and Lanccelot. I enjoyed this book and thought it was very well-written. This book is very exciting and full of adventure. I had a hard time putting this book down because it told so much about the journeys of the knights, such as the mystery between Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The book was also quite interesting and gave adequate information and detail without having excessive writing. This book kept me interested because it was so in depth and full of fascinating information, such as the feelings Sir Lancelot was forced to hide from others. The only negative aspect about the book was that it jumped around between characters. I had a little difficulty following what each character was doing, so I had to look back in the book to see what was happening. I would definitely recommend this book because it is an epic story of adventure that people of all ages would enjoy.

One of Sutcliff's Best!
Rosemary Sutcliff's adaptation of the King Arthur legend is truly a unique and inspiring work, told in a highly descriptive yet very concise format. It is not only powerful and thought-provoking, but creates a sense of the ancient and medieval time it owes its existence to. Starting years before Arthur comes to power, Sutcliff tells the story of young Merlin and how Arthur came to be, following him through his rise to High King, the meetings of such brave and infamous knights such as Lancelot, Tristan and Gawain, right up to just before the quest for the Holy Grail begins. Sutcliff not only tells the traditional and time-honored stories, such as the sword in the stone, but also adapts other variations of the quests that individual knights took upon themselves to maintain peace and honor in Britain. For example, although he may not have actually been a knight of the round table, Sutcliff tells the tragic and romantic story of Tristan and Iseult, the ironic tale of Beaumains, and the humorous story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, all of which reflect the honor and love which bounded King Arthur's kingdom together. This book easily stands alone, but simultaneously lays solid groundwork for the next two books, The Light Beyond the Forest and The Road to Camlann, two other excellent books written by Sutcliff on the rise and fall of Arthur. By taking her stories to a level above just the basic story-telling, Sutcliff also helps put King Arthur's place in history into perspective and gives an excellent reason for retelling this timeless legend again for this day and age. The book is really a medieval romantic story at heart, but has enough battles and swashbuckling adventures to keep readers more interested in action than a rambling story hooked. I would recommend this book to those who have never read a King Arthur book in their life, to those who might know the story by heart, and anyone in between those two categories, because it is an excellent way of reacquainting ourselves with the days of princes and knights, of villains and dragons, chivalry and fair maidens, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. The Sword and the Circle and the other two books in the trilogy truly deserve a place all their own among those stories about the knights of the round table. Reading through it page by page, I truly felt drawn into a dim and room, lit by a crackling fire while the wind howled outside, listening to the voice of an excellent story-teller speak of a bygone age and long-dead heroes.

Distance Training for Young Athletes
Published in Paperback by Perseus Publishing (1999)
Authors: Arthur Lydiard and Garth Gilmour
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I sent it back
I'm sorry but I couldn't find this book useful. The author told many stories from his coaching experience with these star athletes but the information I got could have been faxed to me on a sheet of paper with bullet points. I didn't think that it was well written either.

Just simply another edition of running to the top
This book deals very little with special concerns of coaching young athletes. There are a few chapters about communicating with young athletes and a few schedules (nothing special) for runners of different ages. But most of the content is simply copied straight from Running to the top. You don't probably need this book, it's much thinner than Running to the top. If you want to learn the Lydiard approach, the best thing to do is to simply buy Running to the top.

Knowledgable Training Book
This book for young runners was very knowlegable. It teahces younger runners different training tips and other useful information, which will help them to become better distance runners, and maybe stars in the future.

Adolf Hitler (World Leaders, Past and Present)
Published in Library Binding by Chelsea House Pub (Library) (1987)
Authors: Dennis Wepman and Arthur Meier, Jr. Schlesinger
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Bare Basics
As a history teacher I find this book extremely juvenile and geared to the reading skills of a twelve year old. The history is there, but only superficially. If someone is looking for a quick read on Hitler and does not want to get to involved with facts and a variety of other information concerning history, then this book is for you.

A. M. Schlesinger, Jr. provides a somewhat interesting introduction to this book concerning leadership. However, his name and reputation do absolutely nothing to enhance this book. My advice, check the "ole' ENCYCLOPEDIA for it will do as good a job explaining Hitler as this book and it is a whole lot CHEAPER.

I thought that this book was terrible because its not true
I tottally disegree that hitler is a leader because he killed millions of people who were not exactly like him. Just by reading the cover before i read the book i knew it would be bad because hitler aint no leader and thats the truth.

Hitler-Leader, but thankfully not of the world.
In response to the above statement. Hitler did commit genocide, but he was a leader. He led Germany. Leaders aren't necessarily good people who do good things.

Academic Libraries: Research Perspectives (Acrl Publications in Librarianship, No 47)
Published in Paperback by Amer Library Assn Editions (1990)
Authors: Mary Jo Lynch and Arthur P. Young
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Accounting in Perspective: Contributions to Accounting Thought by Other Disciplines: Papers and Discussions from Accounting Colloquium I
Published in Hardcover by Scholars Book Co (1979)
Authors: Accounting Colloquium University of Kansas 1969 1St, Robert R. Sterling, William F. Bentz, University of Kansas School of Business, and Arthur Young Foundation
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Active Physics
Published in Paperback by Its About Time (2000)
Author: Arthur, Dr. Eisenkraft
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Active Physics Communication
Published in Paperback by Its About Time (2000)
Author: Arthur Dr. Eisenkraft
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Active Physics Home
Published in Paperback by Its About Time (2000)
Author: Arthur Dr. Eisenkraft
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Active Physics Predictions
Published in Paperback by Its About Time (2000)
Author: Arthur, Dr. Eisenkraft
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