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madcam2us15 Jan 2017 4:59 a.m. PST

So was and McKay's (half price book store) with spouse and came across the following two books:

The Petersburg Campaign Vol II – The Western Front Battles September 1864-April 1865. Edwin C. Bearss

&

Gettysburg; The last Invasion. Alen C Guelzo

$35.00 USD for both!

First off, How'd I do?

Second, I have so many books on Gettysburg what can Mr. Guelzo bring to the table that hasn't been written? Not saying Im not gonna give him a fair shake, its just Im curious his intent to approach this in a broad stroke vs the soup d jour manner of drilling down to an individual angle. ie like Pfanz, Mingus, vs Sears, Coddington, Bowden.

Finally, will I need to wait to acquire Vol. I on Mr. Bearss work to enjoy/get the most of Vol. II?

TIa,

Madcam.

War In 15MM Inactive Member15 Jan 2017 7:41 a.m. PST

All you have to do is see what they are selling for on abe.com. If you are happy why bother. In 2015 my wife and I made a visit to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Before I went I reread six or seven books I had on the campaign. On our way out of the park the day of our visit we stopped in the Crow Reservation trading post for a meal and in the gift shop I found a book on the battle I hadn't read entitled A Terrible Glory… it turned out to be my favorite read on the subject. You may discover the same thing about Gettysburg.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jan 2017 12:12 p.m. PST

Guelzo brings quite a lot to the table that you won't find in most other books. Some very interesting stuff on the political in-fighting among the Union high command, some very interesting insights on just what went wrong with Longstreet's attack on the Second Day, and a wealth of other stuff. I would put Guelzo's book among the very best books on the battle. Highly recommended.

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