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Commander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War Paperback – November 9, 2015
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“Jamie Malanowski has brought to life one of the great, little-known swashbucklers of the Civil War. A fun, exhilarating rush of a read, this is history told with the flair and panache of a great journalist.”
- Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea
“It’s astonishing to me that I’d never heard of such an astonishing and very American hero. Will Cushing is like a character out of fiction or the movies―charismatic trouble-maker, patriot, half-mad can-do leader of men―and Jamie Malanowski beautifully tells the ripping yarn that was his remarkable life.”
- Kurt Anderson, host of Studio 360 on NPR
“Commander Will Cushing is a happy combination of one of the Civil War’s best tales and a writer whose taut, smart prose is up to the task of writing it. So much Civil War writing loses its luster in an ocean of sheer data. In Malanowski’s hands the narrative just drives forward, carrying you with it. A superbly entertaining book on a subject that, somehow, everyone else overlooked.”
- S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon
“Jamie Malanowski restores Cushing to his proper place in the first rank of American naval heroes in this fast-paced, rousing biography that illuminates both Cushing the man and the hero. Gracefully written and admirably nuanced, Commander Will Cushing makes a significant contribution to the naval history of the Civil War.”
- Peter Cozzens, author of Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign
“Jamie Malanowski’s compelling history sheds new light on Will Cushing, a major naval hero of the Civil War who, but for a technicality, would have surely received the Medal of Honor. The Cushing name reverberates through those years, with four brothers serving the North, including Alonzo, a cannoneer who fell at Gettysburg. But this story is about Will, and it’s a corker.”
- Larry Smith, author of Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Winners in Their Own Words
“[G]ripping, accessible… Malanowski’s nimble prose serves the action scenes perfectly and gives Cushing’s battles the weight and presentation they deserve… [H]as the page-turning excitement of a thriller…”
- Publishers Weekly, Starred review
About the Author
Jamie Malanowski has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. Author of And the War Came, about America’s six-month-long descent into war after Lincoln’s election, he lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York.
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Before there were the Ryan Brothers of WW2, there were the Cushing brothers. Alonzo stemmed Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg but died in that battle (and received the Medal of Honor for it in 2012). Will had the fearlessness associated with youth but also the skill of a Horatio Hornblower. A third brother died fighting Commanches. All three were described by those who knew them as "the bravest man I ever knew". A fourth brother served in a supply capacity in the Civil war and survived, but he also died at a relatively young age. Their mother outlived them by 30-40 years.