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A Vermont yankee's review from Texas,
This review is from: Reconstructed Yankee (Hardcover)
This book may be, for some, a short read. However, I spent time with it, finding at the beginning that I would put it down for a day or two to let the material sink in. Later on I became more involved and was less able to put it down for very long.
The battle scenes were a bit difficult to visualize, but with the diagrams they are understandable. Understanding them in detail is not essential to understanding the book.
The story is plausible, it could have happened as written. The author has given much attention to details that indicate that a lot of research was done. The fact that both whites and blacks were technically skilled and that they could be friends with each other seems imminently reasonable. Common interests often foster friendships.
Some of the early material caused me to think about what may be going on in Afghanistan. The later material helps me to understand some of the problems in this country.
I am not a student of the Civil War but I thought I had a reasonable understanding of it. This book caused me to re-think what I understand about the Civil War and may cause me to do a bit more study.