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10 Jan 2017 10:34 p.m. PST
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basileus66 Inactive Member10 Jan 2017 3:59 p.m. PST

I am thinking about buying for myself as a late Christmas present, Bruce Catton's books on U.S Grant. I was wondering if some fellow TMPr has read them and could tell me if they are worth the price or if I should look somewhere else.

SJDonovan Inactive Member10 Jan 2017 4:22 p.m. PST

Bruce Catton is one of the finest writers in the English language. If you haven't already got his Army of the Potomac trilogy I would go for those first. But seriously you can't go wrong. Everything he wrote is well worth having.

377CSG Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 4:32 p.m. PST

Yes read the trilogy first. Very good read.

Cleburne1863 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 4:36 p.m. PST

Absolutely. Grant Takes Command is great.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2017 4:42 p.m. PST

Agreed. My favorite ACW author.

wrgmr110 Jan 2017 4:44 p.m. PST

Yes Catton is excellent.

basileus66 Inactive Member10 Jan 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

I have ordered both the trilogy and Grant takes Command… I only wanted Grant's but, well, you have sold me the whole deal!

sebastien Inactive Member11 Jan 2017 6:54 a.m. PST

He is a great writer, thoroughly recommend!

Cleburne1863 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

Promise to come back and let us know if we were right or not. :)

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2017 9:20 a.m. PST

Catton takes dry facts and turns them into a narrative, almost novel-like in nature, but doesn't romanticize the work.

donlowry02 Feb 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

Lloyd Lewis, who wrote the first volume of the Grant trilogy, was also an excellent writer and historian (who unfortunately died before finishing a second volume; his widow passed his notes to Catton).

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