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This Army Does Not Retreat: The Memoirs of General George H. Thomas Paperback – October 2, 2016
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About the Author
Jack M. Zackin practiced law full-time for nearly forty years. Now semi-retired, he has more time to indulge in his love of history. The Civil War and the personal memoirs and writings of its many leaders have always held particular fascination for him, but he was disappointed to find that one Union general, George Thomas, left almost nothing behind. This fact inspired him to research and create this new work.
Zackin lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife, Freda, and their Lab mix, Wesley. He has two adult daughters, Emily and Abby. In addition to writing, Zackin enjoys reading and taking Wesley for walks in the two-thousand-acre county park near their home.
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Thomas has been neglected to a large degree by popular historians and scholars alike. it is refreshing to read a book that is both entertaining and extremely informative.
This is a job well done !
Civil War historians have begun to recognize General Thomas as one of the greatest generals of the Civil War on either side. Yet to this day he is little known to the general public, largely because such rivals for fame as Grant, Sherman, Lee and Jackson were promoted by successful public-relations campaigns after the war. Thomas’s early death, in 1870, and his request of his wife that she destroy his letters and papers, made it difficult for early historians of the war to develop the narratives that would have made him more famous.
Jack Zackin has done an amazing job of filling the void in the Thomas documentation by crafting a well-researched but imaginary memoir. Zackin’s writing is clear and straightforward. His descriptions of the battles, though brief, are lucid and easy to understand. Perhaps more important, the character of Thomas as a strong-willed and superb, but self-effacing leader, is realistically and movingly developed.
An incidental benefit of this book is enabling the reader to grasp the full sequence of the unfolding conflict in the “western” theater of the war, which led to an almost unbroken string of Union successes and provided the springboard for Sherman’s campaign to defeat the Confederates at Atlanta in 1864. Along the way, comparisons are made to Grant and Sherman that will lead readers to understand why historians now see Thomas as the best general on the Union side, if not on either side.
This Army Does Not Retreat; The Memoirs of General George H. Thomas is a highly readable book, and a great success.