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September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril Hardcover – June 1, 2012

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About the Author

Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. In demand as a writer, lecturer, guide, and preservationist, he has appeared numerous times on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E as a guest historian. He has helped produce award-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam and abolitionist John Brown. A prolific author with over 77 articles and seven books to his credit, his most recent book prior to September Suspense is Harpers Ferry Under Fire: A Border Town in the America Civil War. Dennis resides near the Antietam Battlefield in Maryland, where he and his wife Sylvia have restored the home that was used by General Ambrose Burnside as his post-Antietam headquarters.
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Antietam Rest Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985411902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985411909
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As one reviewer opined,the author is an amazing public speaker when discussing his book.However, the written word fails to match his articulated level and cries out for personality.The facts are welcome but eventually become tedious. Only near its conclusion when the battle between the forces of Generals Lee and McClellan engage does this book come to life with a modicum of personality. I graded the book a "3" on the basis of its historical information.September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril
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September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril, Dennis E. Frye, Antietam Rest Publishing, 292 pages, notes, bibliography, appendices, 19 illustrations, index, 2012, $27.95.

Newspapers of the Civil War era are a fountain of information on the material aspects of life and political disputes. During the era there was no unbiased reporting of political news; there was lots of speculation. "Newspapers bring us closer to people and allow us to be there when they make their history" remarks Dennis Frye in his introduction to September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril. During the first week of September of 1862 no one knew the outcome of the Confederate invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania, the fall elections, and the revelation of an emancipation proclamation.

Frye relies heavily on southern and northern newspapers and diaries but not those written after the autumn of 1862. Such reliance provides an immediacy which is usually not offered in most Civil War books. Over 35 newspapers were consulted. Frye's narrative is sharp and concise. His pacing of the chapters creates an undercurrent of a 'you are there' suspense. This is reminiscent of of John Michael Priest's use of only diaries and letters of privates, corporals, sergeants, captains and lieutenants in Antietam: A Soldier's Battle and Before Antietam: The Battle of South Mountain.

In September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril readers wrestle with American abolitionists and slaveholders, British politicians and American bankers, retail merchants and marauding soldiers, presidents and their cabinets, war governors and army generals, men and women on the street and soldiers in the ranks. There is a suspense in Frye's work that moves readers forward through these American lives.
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By John clark on January 16, 2013
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I can't read or write so i gave to brother/dad/cousin/cousin/son they said it rocks good book for anyone interested in the great war
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You may "take it to the bank" this is Frye at his best. Using newspaper articles and opinion letter from the time, Dennis paints a picture of life as it manifests itself to Lincoln and ties that life into what goes on in the halls of Washington juxtaposed onto the battlefield terrain. September Suspense is "good history and a great story". The book is a quick read and will keep readers focused on the politics and the political outcomes during this momentous period in the history of America.
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