- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Stackpole Books (May 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811712338
- ISBN-13: 978-0811712330
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments: Find Every Monument and Tablet in the Park Paperback – May 1, 2013
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About the Author
Tom Huntington lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and is an editor for Stackpole Magazines. He is the former editor of Historic Traveler and American History magazines. His articles on historical topics have appeared in Civil War Times, America's Civil War, American Heritage, Smithsonian, Yankee, America in WWII, Air & Space, and British Heritage.
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So what's not to like about it? I'll tell you what. The book is almost unusable without a cross reference. The monuments and tablets are all numbered by the order they appear on the map. However, THE BOOK ORGANIZES THE DETAILS FOR THE MONUMENTS IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ORDER. The detailed information for each monument contains a reference to where it can be found on the map. However, there is no cross reference to help the reader figure out where to find details of the monument numbers that appear on the map! The reader is required to thumb through nearly 200 pages of randomly numbered monuments to find what they are looking for.
For example: Map GG shows a row of ten monuments numbered 837-846. I would find it useful to know what these are. Unfortunately, this is no easy thing to figure out. I thumbed through the book for a while and stumbled across details for monuments 840 (page 188), 841 (page 126), and 842 (page 179). I'm certain the details for the other seven monuments are in the book somewhere but I don't have the patience to keep looking. Again, the reader is required to scan nearly 200 pages to figure these things out.
Overall, this would be an easy 5 star review except for the omission of a cross reference. It may sound trivial but it really is a serious problem. In all other respects this book is outstanding. As it is, I cannot recommend it.
(short rant: I frequently consider customer ratings when making buying decisions. In this case I feel the Amazon community has let me down. This book has a very strong customer rating with 68% giving it a perfect 5 stars. Did these people get the same book as me? I don't see how it's possible for so many people to not notice or not care about this problem.)