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Book Title: First Blood: The Story of Fort Sumter|
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The author of the book: W.A. Swanberg
Date of issue: June 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780452010970
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Reader ratings: 5.4
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Having read Swanberg's biography of Norman Thomas and having liked it, I purchased two copies of his history of the contested Ft. Sumter, giving one to a friend interested in such things and kept the other for myself. He got to his first apparently, spoke well of it, so I picked it up after finishing a relatively weighty psychology tome.
I was pleasantly surprised that the events leading up to the Civil War concerning Charleston and its forts were as well documented as Swanberg makes them appear to be in this almost day-by-day account. The whole is framed neatly and unobtrusively by his representation of what Americans, north and south, thought succession entailed--a sad picture in that few seemed to expect the four-year bloody conflict that ensued upon the first shot against Sumter. Interestingly, except for a very few radical Republicans, only one of whom was present at the fort (while many were southerners), slavery is barely mentioned except insofar as slaves were used in building the gun emplacements ranged against the artificial island fortress. Interesting as well is the fact that no one died during the siege, just a Carolina horse. Like many tightly focused histories this one has caused me to revision the start of the war between the states.
First Blood did not change my life--a factor normally required for a five star rating. It did, however, change a little bit my thinking. Besides, the writing was so good, so moving on occasion, that I make for it exception.
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