read: 8 July 2005
This is the third and final installment of Newt Gingrich’s “what if” trilogy on the Civil War. It’s August 1863 and the Union is in deep trouble. Lee has just routed The Army of the Potomac and Grant is moving east with everything he has. It all cumulates in a final battle at Frederick, MD. I’m not saying who wins. I hope Newt stays out of politics and keeps writing though. He and cowriter William Forstchen do a fabulous job of getting you into the nitty gritty details of battle without overdoing the details. The book moves quickly. I gave it to Breck last night at about 9 PM. He handed back at about 3 PM today. I quizzed him. He read it and comprehended it all. The kid scares me sometimes.
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