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Blood: Stories of Life and Death from the Civil War (Adrenaline Classics)
Blood: Stories of Life and Death from the Civil War (Adrenaline Classics)
von Peter Kadzis
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A strong anthology, 29. Juli 2000
This book is in a series put out by Adrenaline books and each book contains certain selections chosen by the editor. The selections are generally either excerpts from books, excerpts from diaries and journals, short stories, or an occasional essay. I look at how good the writing is, and how good the stories are.
This is a strong anthology in many ways. It had a variety of civil war literature that helps to give a fuller picture of the civil war experience. There are many letters, stories, and diary entries and even a copy of orders given by a General. We get a picture of the inner workings of the war by people directly involved, as well as a picture of the world outside the war and how it was effected. We hear aspects of the war from multiple points of view. A soldier's fighting experience, a General's commanding view, letters to loved ones back home, the viewpoint of a young southern girl, life in a military prison. The reader gets to see not just the war, but the world it encompassed.
The anthology is made even stronger by the selections of famous people's writings. We get to read the words of General Ulysses S. Grant, Stephen Crane, Generals Pickett and Sherman, Abraham Lincoln, and even Walt Whitman (who worked in the hospitals treating wounded soldiers from both sides).
The only negative thing about this book is that it has no amazing powerful pieces. Almost all the selections are good (with two or three exceptions), but none are outstanding, in terms of either the writing or the story. There are no exceptionally well written pieces and no really incredible stories. This is unfortunate, but does not detract too much from the overall book. And also this volume includes some fiction, which generally does not exist in these series of books. Other than that the book is good and worth reading.


Ice: Stories of Survival from Polar Exploration (Adrenaline Books)
Ice: Stories of Survival from Polar Exploration (Adrenaline Books)
von Clint Willis
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Strong anthology, 24. Juli 2000
This book is in a series put out by Adrenaline books and each book contains certain selections chosen by the editor. The selections are either excerpts from books, excerpts from diaries and journals, short stories, or an occasional essay. I look at how good the writing is, and how good the stories are.
This is a strong anthology in terms of the types of writings selected. We are given very interesting journal selections of explorers on their last legs, as well as excerpts from books that tell the stories of arctic journeys through unforgiving cold and snow. There are also essays and even a rare interview. Most of the selections are well written - vivid, detailed and very real - and many of the selections tell good stories on their own. The down side of this collection is that the stories do not come from many different expeditions and journeys. Most of the stories are based on Scott's expedition to the South Pole. While they are very interesting and come from many different angles, this leaves the reader with the stories of only a few explorers. The other stories, however, are mostly interesting. Overall I would recommend this book, especially if the reader has not read about polar explorations.


Rough Water: Stories of Survival from the Sea (Extreme Adventures)
Rough Water: Stories of Survival from the Sea (Extreme Adventures)
von Clint Willis
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen An average anthology, 14. Juli 2000
This book is in a series put out by Adrenaline books and each book contains certain selections chosen by the editor. The selections are either excerpts from books, excerpts from diaries and journals, short stories, or an occasional essay. I look at how good the writing is, and how good the stories are.
There are 16 selections in this book. Half of them range from good to great, and the other eight are fairly poor. The writing is okay throughout, with some being more exceptional than others, but it's the stories that differ the most in quality. Six of them, whether written well or not, have virtually no story whatsoever or are very poor. As it turns out, the best stories in this book are also some of the better written. This is where the book's strength shows up. The selections introduce you to stories and books you may have never read and after reading some of the good selections, it makes you want to go read the books they were taken from. So I would mostly recommend this book to people who have not read much or any sea stories. It introduces you to a wide variety of sea literature. But otherwise I would only lightly recommend it by saying that everyone would find some selections that they really like.


With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa (Classics of Naval Literature)
With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa (Classics of Naval Literature)
von E. B. Sledge
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Much more interesting than the title sounds, 13. Juli 2000
QUICK REVIEW: A well written, concise, highly interesting story of two battles in the Pacific campaign of World War II. The story is gripping and gives a very realistic picture of war. It is experienced through the activities of one Marine Division and follows them from boot camp through the end of the war.
FULL REVIEW: We see these battles from the standpoint of "The Old Breed" which is the name given to the 1st Marine Division. More specifically, we see the story from the experiences of one soldier, the author - E. B. Sledge. We follow him from his decision to join the Marines through boot camp and then onto the two battles (Pelileu and Okinawa), which were among the worst of WWII. His division endures extremely harsh circumstances taking many casualties along the way. The realities of war are brought out strongly in this book which, as Sledge wrote, "made savages of us all." The pace of the book is good - it's not too fast and not too slow. He gives the important details needed to fully tell the experience without dwelling on any one aspect for too long. This is truly a great book, especially if you are at all interested in war.


John Ransom's Andersonville Diary
John Ransom's Andersonville Diary
von Bruce Catton
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Civil War POW story, but . . ., 26. Juni 2000
QUICK REVIEW: An adequate record of the horrors of the Andersonville POW camp during the Civil War. This is not as descriptive as it could be but it still captures the story of a POW's live as a prisoner in an interesting way.
FULL REVIEW: This account of one soldier's life as a prisoner is good as a story of the events that occur during his imprisonment. However it is not a great account of life at Andersonville specifically. He is only in Andersonville for six months and spends the other half of the book telling us about the other situations he was involved in. He tells us first about life as a prisoner in Richmond, then later about his escape attempts, life in the hospital, etc. He admits, in the diary, that he is not good at writing discriptively, so there are some important details that are left out which other books on Andersonville would describe. But the events he records do reflect the conditions that existed there. It is an interesting story of a prisoner in the South during the Civil War, and is worth reading.


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