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Two Captains from Carolina: Moses Grandy, John Newland Maffitt, and the Coming of the Civil War Hardcover – September 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807835854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plump with facts and anectdotes.--Chatham County Line

Two Captains from Carolina is. . . an 'improving book' that offers real history in specific and captivating anecdotes.--Metro Magazine

[A] beautifully crafted narrative.--The Historian

Beautifully written, nicely illustrated, highly recommended.--Gerry Prokopowicz, Host, Civil War Radio, World Talk Radio Network, May 24th, 2013

It is hard to see how anyone could bring these points of view [of Grandy and Maffitt] together in the same book, but Simpson, has done it in Two Captains from Carolina.--D. G. Martin, The Mountaineer

Simpson makes you believe you are there, with Grandy and Maffitt, experiencing these significant moments of their lives. . . . Using historical fact [Simpson] becomes the storyteller. And he tells one helluva story.--Daily Advance.com

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According to Anna Quindlen, creative nonfiction requires 'the eye of a reporter and the heart of a novelist.' Bland Simpson has both. He has looked intelligently at dry historical documents and recreated the heart and soul of two disparate watermen of the 1800s, one man a slave, the other a slave owner and a US naval officer. In his own abiding love and intimate knowledge of our coastal waters, Simpson has given us what is surely a true portrait of the heartbreak and triumph to be had when one man thirsts for freedom and the other tries to be true to his conscience in the troubled days that led up to the Civil War. Highly recommended.--Margaret Maron, author of Three-Day Town and winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for Best Mystery Novel of the Year|Simpson's compelling portraits enrich our understanding of what life was like two centuries ago even as they address themes that are very much still with us today--race, poverty, hardship, and political and class conflict, to name a few.--Jack Betts, retired associate editor of the Charlotte Observer

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Arrived in 2-3 days and is a well written book. Good NC history of slavery and poverty and the men who survived and thrived.
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