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Think you know the Civil War?

You don't know the full story until you read The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War

Bestselling author and former Conservative Book Club editor H. W. Crocker III offers a quick and lively study of America's own Iliad--the Civil War--in this provocative and entertaining addition to The Politically Incorrect GuideTM series.

In The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War Crocker profiles eminent--and colorful--military generals including the noble Lee, the controversial Sherman, the indefatigable Grant, the legendary Stonewall Jackson, and the notorious Nathan Bedford Forrest. He also includes thought-provoking chapters such as "The Civil War in Sixteen Battles You Should Know" and the most devastatingly politically incorrect chapter of all, "What If the South Had Won?" Along the way, he reveals a huge number of little-known truths, including why Robert E. Lee had a higher regard for African Americans than Lincoln did; how, if there had been no Civil War, the South would have abolished slavery peaceably (as every other country in the Western Hemisphere did in the nineteenth century); and how the Confederate States of America might have helped the Allies win World War I sooner. Bet your history professor never told you:

* Leading Northern generals--like McClellan and Sherman--hated abolitionists
* Bombing people "back to the Stone Age" got its start with the Federal siege of Vicksburg
* General Sherman professed not to know which was "the greater evil": slavery or democracy
* Stonewall Jackson founded a Sunday school for slaves where he taught them how to read
* General James Longstreet fought the Battle of Sharpsburg in his carpet slippers

This is the Politically Incorrect GuideTM that every Civil War buff and Southern partisan--and everyone who is tired of liberal self-hatred that vilifies America's greatest heroes--must have on his bookshelf.

From the Back Cover

A rousing, rollicking guide to the great war that shaped America--and to the spirit of the Old South that we need so much today.

The politically correct history that dominates our schools and universities insists that Jefferson Davis was another Hitler, Robert E. Lee was the equivalent of Rommel, and the Confederate States of America was our own little version of the Third Reich--a blot on American history. But reality, as always, was different: the Old South, as H. W. Crocker III explains in The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War, had immense charm, grace, and merit--and a very strong Constitutional case. This book is a joyful, myth-busting, rebel yell that shatters today's Leftist and demeaning stereotypes about the South and the Civil War--and shows why, in the words of G. K. Chesterton, "America and the whole world is crying out for the spirit of the Old South."

Praise for The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to the Civil War

"You can't understand America until you understand the War of Northern Aggression, and Mr. Crocker tells the story in such a delightful, politically incorrect way that you can't wait to get to the end of his book to see whether Marse Robert actually pulls out a stunning upset. Great scholarship, great story-telling, and great fun."

--Wesley Pruden, editor emeritus of the Washington Times and political columnist

"In short order, Harry Crocker has lifted the modern veil of misinformation surrounding the major actors in the War. In the process, he has rescued the character of Robert E. Lee and shown Union heroes such as Grant, Sherman, and Lincoln to be more human, complex, and in some cases loathsome than contemporary history texts suggest. The South becomes more admirable and the North more contemptible. Here is the War, warts and all, for everyone to see."

--Brion McClanahan, Ph.D. in American History, University of South Carolina

"The only way this idiosyncratic take on the wa-wuh could be any better is if we'd won. Even Harry Crocker couldn't do that, but he has written a witty book full of history and insight. If I'd ever gotten around to joining the United Daughters of the Confederacy, I bet my chapter would thank him. Yankees will enjoy it, too."

--Charlotte Hays, Southern gossip columnist and co-author (among other books) of Being Dead Is No Excuse, The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral

"I had supposed it wasn't possible these days to talk reasonably, as well as informatively, about our great national cataclysm, the Civil War. H. W. Crocker III brings off that extraordinary feat with style, verve, and wit. Give that gentleman a medal for gallantry and public service."

--William Murchison, nationally syndicated columnist
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Product Details

  • Series: The Politically Incorrect Guides
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Politically Incorrect Guides edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985490
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beaut book. Well researched. Mr. Crocker gave me the whole history of the war; generals, politics, reasons, logistics, strategies, strengths and weaknesses of both sides.
He gives descriptions of the major players, their histories, beliefs, morals, characters, strengths and flaws. Attitudes and reasons were not as clearly defined as we've been led to believe.
I'd recommend it to everybody.
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This book informs readers of the truths of History. I am glad we have the Constitutional freedom of speech so that this book could be written and sold. All Southerners and Northerners interested in true facts should read this book. You will either get very angry or you will appreciate knowing about the Civil war from a Southern point of view.
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This work is a fantastically balanced look at the War for Southern Independence. The author does not shy away from addressing the questions of this period. However,the author answers these questions without committing gross oversimplifications or resorting to the usual rhetoric.
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This is the text that rekindled my interest in history and the War of Northern Aggression. Several of my subsequent purchases in paperback and on Kindle were a consequence of my interest in following up on the curtain thrown back on the pablum that is taught as "Civil War history".
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Very strong defense of the South's right to succeed (if for less than noble purposes). (I view Lincoln's violent aggression as akin to a husband killing his wife because she files for divorce).

I fear our nation has become as divided today as it was in 1860.
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It's easy to fall for the old claims that slave retention was the only reason that the South seceded from the union. Any in-depth investigation into the matter of slavery shows that the South was, in general, already well aware that the institution of slavery was unsustainable.

This is ,thankfully, not the only publication to illuminate that the real reasons were the exact same reasons the colonies originally 'seceded' from Great Britain: political and economic persecution (tariffs and unequal representation) to name a few.

Wish I had been taught the truth in school.
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All of the Regnery Politically Incorrect Books are worth owning, sharing, spreading around. With the way history is constantly being revised and re-written, it is refreshing to just get the facts, without a lot of looking-through-the-rear-view-mirror. It makes me just want to come up screaming with what the media get away with twisting facts to suit their personal agenda. This is a very well-written, well-documented and FACTUAL book. Recommended for anyone who wants to know the truth.
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Given the gross misunderstandings of the US Constitution in our present day, Crocker's Guide to the Civil War is very needed and an important read. He unearths the untold story of law, conscience and culture that led to succession and provides a needed correction to the politically correct and grossly oversimplified "histories" that have clouded this horrific time. He also details the great courage and phenomenal martial and civic resolve of the CSA. Quick, insightful and heartfelt, Crocker's Guide to the Civil War is a must for those who desire to better understand forgotten concepts of constitutional philosophy and why the "War for Southern Independence" came about and ended as it did.
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