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carojon31 May 2017 11:13 p.m. PST

Hi all,


Originally published in 1942, Paulitzer Prize Winner, Douglas Southall Freeman's three volumes is abridged into one by Stephen W. Sears.

If you would like to know more then you can find a review by "Mr Steve" by following the link to JJ's Wargames


Jonathan (JJ)

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

I've had the 3 volume work on my shelf for several decades; one day I plan to read them.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2017 7:18 a.m. PST

Remember these from my college days. I have the whole set in leather. Great resource. Two of my favorite authors, the great Douglas Southall Freeman and Stephen Sears.

donlowry01 Jun 2017 8:50 a.m. PST

I see no need for condensing it.

Trajanus01 Jun 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

I did, would have never gotten round to reading the three volume edition! ;o)

Bill N02 Jun 2017 10:16 a.m. PST

I have and have read the three volume set, but I'd like to look at this just to see what he cut out.

Trajanus02 Jun 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

As far as I can tell whats been cut is a lot of pre war background for the individuals but I don't know for sure.

Does this sound plausible? I mean was there such stuff in the original?

Mr Steve02 Jun 2017 1:09 p.m. PST

Stephen Sears says that he has reduced it down to about one third of the original by leaving out the fourteen appendices and the bulk of the battle details which he says quite rightly you can find easily elsewhere ; however the battles are still covered in enough depth for the purpose of the book.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

I own, and have read, the three volume set. I guess it could have been shortened, but it is kind of a pity to whack 2/3 of the book because much of it is covered elsewhere.

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