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Counter-Thrust: From the Peninsula to the Antietam (Great Campaigns of the Civil War) Hardcover – January 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0803215153 ISBN-10: 0803215150

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Product Details

  • Series: Great Campaigns of the Civil War
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803215150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803215153
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Cooling’s analysis of McClellan is especially insightful, as he synthesizes the latest scholarship on that enigmatic figure. . . . Counter-Thrust delivers as advertised with thorough research, historiographical knowledge and excellent writing, melding this with sharp analysis. It is a worthy addition to the University of Nebraska’s Great Campaigns of the Civil War series.”—Civil War Book Review
(Civil War Book Review 2008-05-28)

“Cooling provides a new way of looking at the Maryland campaign and makes Counter-Thrust a necessary read for any Civil War scholar.”—Joseph-James Ahern, On Point
(Joseph-James Ahern On Point)

"Far from offering simply a book of battles, Cooling places the battles into a well-defined context and demonstrates how strategic decision making occurred at the highest levels during the Civil War."—S. J. Ramold, Choice
(S. J. Ramold Choice)

“Not only is [Counter-Thrust] exceptionally well written, but also it offers a highly critical account of what many scholars argue are the most significant campaigns of the Civil War."—Alex Mendoza, Journal of Southern History
(Alex Mendoza Journal of Southern History)

“Counter-Thrust has few peers as an introductory volume to one of the most dramatic campaign summers in military history.”—Christopher S. Stowe, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
(Christopher S. Stowe Register of the Kentucky Historical Society)

About the Author

Benjamin Franklin Cooling is a professor of national security studies and former Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, DC.  He is a well-known author in military, naval, and air history and specializes in Civil War history, including studies of the conflict in Tennessee and Kentucky and defending Washington, DC.

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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By James P. Mccorry on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the best summary I have ever read for the time frame of July through September 1862. Footnotes and bibliography are excellant.Mr. Cooling is a first-rate historian. Civil-Warriors will know what I am talking about. If you wish for only one book about pivotal period in the war this is it.
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