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


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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 (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I can recommend this as a very good read!
brooklynbetsy
Each is an essential document that readers in September 1862 held in their hands and read.
Rea Andrew Redd
In short, the suspense of September, 1862, continued to the very end of the Civil War.
Michael Watkins

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By Thoreau on July 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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As Frye writes, when the war began, the Lincoln government looked for a quick and conclusive win. Even today, it is often assumed that the North was too powerful to ever be seriously threatened. In his latest book, Frye persuasively shows just how wrong conventional wisdom can be.

He demonstrates how people of that time did not think a Union victory was a foregone conclusion. He does this by drawing from contemporary newspapers, which he terms the "last frontier of Civil War research." While thousands of books have been written about the American Civil War, newspapers are not widely used as sources. This was due to inaccessibility: contemporary newspapers hidden in curators' collections and stored on antique microfilm or microfiche media. Then came digitization and the worldwide web. As Frye says, "A research revolution was born." Also, as Frye points out, you "feel" history when you read a contemporary newspaper. With daily diaries and daily correspondence, newspapers show what is happening and what is being experienced by the people of the time. That, asserts Frye, is what history is all about: people, not just dates, facts, or memorized texts. In September Suspense, Dennis lets the people of the time speak for themselves, because, "They are marvelous story-tellers."

He does, however, take issue with some uses of "primary sources." A person who experienced an historic event is an invaluable source of information for historians, but Dennis takes exception with those who chronicle their participation long after the event had occurred. To illustrate, Frye cites Ed Bearss, who says he has stopped going to his Marine Corps reunions of World War II veterans, "Because every year more and more became a bunch of damn liars!
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brooklynbetsy on October 11, 2012
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This book goes to source materials that put you in the timeframe the battle takes place. It gives you a very different feeling from the routine civil war history books. I can recommend this as a very good read!
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