The Last Battle by Scott C. Patchan

A wonderful look at a pivotal battle for control of the Shenandoah Valley. The book gives an excellent account of the battle and all of the participants. Patchan uses various sources, both primary and secondary, to describe the flow of the battle.

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Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life by James McPherson

I think I am pretty clearly on the record in favor of short biographies but even I might blanche at a book that covers a subject as immense as Abraham Lincoln in a mere 70 or so pages.  Such is the boldness of James McPherson‘s Abraham Lincoln.  But this essay/book turned out to be an enjoyable and interesting approach to the enigma that is Lincoln. I was trolling the library when I saw it and decided it was short enough to read over the President’s Day weekend. Alas, I was not...

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