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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War (The Politically Incorrect Guides) Paperback – October 21, 2008
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You don't know the full story until you read The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War
Bestselling author and former Conservative Book Club editor H. W. Crocker III offers a quick and lively study of America's own Iliad--the Civil War--in this provocative and entertaining addition to The Politically Incorrect GuideTM series.In The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War Crocker profiles eminent--and colorful--military generals including the noble Lee, the controversial Sherman, the indefatigable Grant, the legendary Stonewall Jackson, and the notorious Nathan Bedford Forrest. He also includes thought-provoking chapters such as "The Civil War in Sixteen Battles You Should Know" and the most devastatingly politically incorrect chapter of all, "What If the South Had Won?" Along the way, he reveals a huge number of little-known truths, including why Robert E. Lee had a higher regard for African Americans than Lincoln did; how, if there had been no Civil War, the South would have abolished slavery peaceably (as every other country in the Western Hemisphere did in the nineteenth century); and how the Confederate States of America might have helped the Allies win World War I sooner. Bet your history professor never told you:
* Leading Northern generals--like McClellan and Sherman--hated abolitionists
* Bombing people "back to the Stone Age" got its start with the Federal siege of Vicksburg * General Sherman professed not to know which was "the greater evil": slavery or democracy
* Stonewall Jackson founded a Sunday school for slaves where he taught them how to read * General James Longstreet fought the Battle of Sharpsburg in his carpet slippers
From the Back Cover
The politically correct history that dominates our schools and universities insists that Jefferson Davis was another Hitler, Robert E. Lee was the equivalent of Rommel, and the Confederate States of America was our own little version of the Third Reich--a blot on American history. But reality, as always, was different: the Old South, as H. W. Crocker III explains in The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War, had immense charm, grace, and merit--and a very strong Constitutional case. This book is a joyful, myth-busting, rebel yell that shatters today's Leftist and demeaning stereotypes about the South and the Civil War--and shows why, in the words of G. K. Chesterton, "America and the whole world is crying out for the spirit of the Old South."Praise for The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War
"You can't understand America until you understand the War of Northern Aggression, and Mr. Crocker tells the story in such a delightful, politically incorrect way that you can't wait to get to the end of his book to see whether Marse Robert actually pulls out a stunning upset. Great scholarship, great story-telling, and great fun."--Wesley Pruden, editor emeritus of the Washington Times and political columnist
"In short order, Harry Crocker has lifted the modern veil of misinformation surrounding the major actors in the War. In the process, he has rescued the character of Robert E. Lee and shown Union heroes such as Grant, Sherman, and Lincoln to be more human, complex, and in some cases loathsome than contemporary history texts suggest. The South becomes more admirable and the North more contemptible. Here is the War, warts and all, for everyone to see."--Brion McClanahan, Ph.D. in American History, University of South Carolina
"The only way this idiosyncratic take on the wa-wuh could be any better is if we'd won. Even Harry Crocker couldn't do that, but he has written a witty book full of history and insight. If I'd ever gotten around to joining the United Daughters of the Confederacy, I bet my chapter would thank him. Yankees will enjoy it, too."--Charlotte Hays, Southern gossip columnist and co-author (among other books) of Being Dead Is No Excuse, The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral
"I had supposed it wasn't possible these days to talk reasonably, as well as informatively, about our great national cataclysm, the Civil War. H. W. Crocker III brings off that extraordinary feat with style, verve, and wit. Give that gentleman a medal for gallantry and public service."--William Murchison, nationally syndicated columnist
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Top Customer Reviews
He gives descriptions of the major players, their histories, beliefs, morals, characters, strengths and flaws. Attitudes and reasons were not as clearly defined as we've been led to believe.
I'd recommend it to everybody.
The folks who hold these ideas see many things very differently and hold that certain issues that the Civil War seemed to settle are still unsettled. While parts of their arguments may seem attractive, when I view them as a whole, I think we have to give up too much to adopt them. If the United States were to fragment and refragment into smaller "nations", it would weaken us and invite predatory behavior from other and stronger nations. Plus, their history of certain issues in the Civil War, particularly around slavery and race seem strained, contrived, and often wrong to the point of being disturbed.
However, if you have not heard the flip side of the Civil War history before, this is a good and easy place to get that through the looking glass experience I had back in 1972. As you read through it, be sure to check the facts for yourself.Read more ›
That history has been taught to generations of schoolchildren, and embraced by biased, completely indoctrinated historians and educators.
Now, after 143 years, the facts regarding a government gone astray from the visions of the Founding Fathers, Taxation and Tariffs, Mr Lincoln's political objectives, and the South's decision to legally and constitutionally secede from unbearable tyranny finally see the light of day.
It is becoming more and more difficult for the indoctrinated to assert the simplistic explanation that "the Civil War was over slavery" as insurmountable evidence to the contrary becomes available to the public. In fact, the War for Southern Independence was not a "civil war" at all (the South sought not control of a central government, but freedom from same, and the constitutional establishment of their own government).
The dreams of the Founding Fathers ended in 1865. States Rights and individual liberty - as well as the noble democratic experiment itself - were irreparably altered by the Northern "victory."
Southerners have known for generations that the Union victory was a defeat for all Americans. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War precisely why this is true.
This book should be used in every history class in the United States. Given time, the concept of the "civil war" being over slavery shall be as laughable as the long undisputed concept that the Earth was flat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent overview of the War Between the States. Crocker clearly examines the history, its distortions and outright deceptions.Published 1 month ago by Big Strike Productions
Very strong defense of the South's right to succeed (if for less than noble purposes). (I view Lincoln's violent aggression as akin to a husband killing his wife because she files... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Greg Hicks
Love this kind of stuff. It's eye opening to get the real history behind the history. Buy it you want regret it.Published 2 months ago by Kugelspritzer
Anyone who respects the honor of men and women who died in defense of their homeland should read this book, to see the injustices to the memory of those who died in the Civil War.Published 2 months ago by William A. Tyndall
I gave it as a gift and the person I gave it to said he liked it.Published 3 months ago by josie from brevard,n.c.
Any liberal who reviews this book will be biased against it.
They don't like it when their political correctness is corrected