A Fierce Glory: Antietam-The Desperate Battle That Saved Lincoln and Doomed Slavery by Justin Martin

Almost every angle imaginable on the Civil War has been studied and yet authors continue to bring forth different perspectives. This is the case with Justin Martin’s A Fierce Glory. I have read many accounts of the Battle of Antietam – most focus solely on either side or give a balanced view of the battle. Martin gives a balanced account of the battle, but he adds a new element by looking at Abraham Lincoln during the battle. Lincoln was waiting to hear about the results of the...

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September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield by Alann Schmidt and Terry Barkley

Antietam (and almost every battle in the Civil War) has been analyzed and written about ad nauseam. The authors find another angle to look at the Union victory that led to the release of the Emancipation Proclamation. This angle is thought-provoking by looking at the costs of the battle not only on the combat troops that fought, but also on the civilians who were left to pick up the pieces of their shattered homes and lives.

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Ahab’s Return by Jeffrey Ford

The book is part mystery (finding Ahab's family) and part fantasy (the mythical characters). The mythical characters and the settings are intriguing. I have never been a big fantasy reader, but this one kept me interested throughout because of the strong plot and engaging characters.

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The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury

Bradbury skillfully weaves Tracy's teenage angst amidst a psychological thriller - who attacked Tracy and what he wants. The psychological thriller element adds a dark and brooding undertone throughout the book - even in the more lighthearted moments.

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