John Bell Hood

Author: Stephen Hood
Publisher: Savas Beatie
ISBN: 1611211417
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WINNER of the 2014 ALBERT CASTEL BOOK AWARD and the 2014 WALT WHITMAN AWARD John Bell Hood was one of the Confederacy’s most successful—and enigmatic—generals. He died at 48 after a brief illness in August of 1879, leaving behind the first draft of his memoirs Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies. Published posthumously the following year, the memoirs immediately became as controversial as their author. A careful and balanced examination of these “controversies,” however, coupled with the recent discovery of Hood’s personal papers (which were long considered lost) finally sets the record straight in John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. Outlived by most of his critics, Hood’s published version of many of the major events and controversies of his Confederate military career were met with scorn and skepticism. Some described his memoirs as nothing more than a polemic against his arch-rival Joseph E. Johnston. These unflattering opinions persisted throughout the decades and reached their nadir in 1992, when an influential author described Hood’s memoirs as “merely a bitter, misleading, and highly distorted treatise” replete with “distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications.” Without any personal papers to contradict them, many historians and writers portrayed Hood as an inept and dishonest opium addict and a conniving, vindictive cripple of a man. One writer went so far as to brand him “a fool with a license to kill his own men.” What most readers don’t know is that nearly all of these authors misused sources, ignored contrary evidence, and/or suppressed facts sympathetic to Hood. Stephen M. “Sam” Hood, a distant relative of the general, embarked on a meticulous forensic study of the common perceptions and controversies of his famous kinsman. His careful examination of the original sources utilized to create the broadly accepted “facts” about John Bell Hood uncovered startlingly poor scholarship by some of the most well-known and influential historians of the 20th and 21st centuries. These discoveries, coupled with his access to a large cache of recently discovered Hood papers—many penned by generals and other officers who served with Hood—confirm Hood’s account that originally appeared in his memoir and resolve, for the first time, some of the most controversial aspects of Hood’s long career. “Blindly accepting historical ‘truths’ without vigorous challenge,” cautions one historian, “is a perilous path to understanding real history.” The shocking revelations in John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General will forever change our perceptions of Hood as both a man and a general, and those who set out to shape his legacy.

Pete McNally

Author: Cliff Hudgins
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781419643361
Format: PDF
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The assignment was simple. Go stop the Indian raiding party and recover the hostages. Pete McNalley, a Texas Range assigned to Company C, was sent to locate three children taken hostage by a roving band of Comanche Indians who had looted isolated ranches and killed several people in the process. Along the way, a young hot headed quick tempered boy learns what it means to be a man and an old friendship is rekindled. The challenge facing these three would take every skill and determination honed over the years to survive. Others were depending on them.

Historical Atlas of the Outlaw West

Author: Richard M. Patterson
Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
ISBN: 9780933472891
Format: PDF, ePub
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Offers a state-by-state description of historic sites and Western museums, and tells the stories of outlaws, gunfighters, and lawmen

The Official SAT Study Guide

Author: College Entrance Examination Board
Publisher: The College Board
ISBN: 0874478529
Format: PDF, ePub
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Offers test-taking strategies for the SAT, discussing each section and providing ten full-length tests, hundreds of practice questions, detailed reviews, a list of online resources, and coverage of the PSAT/NMSQT.

An Acquaintance with Darkness

Author: Ann Rinaldi
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547351216
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush suspects that her uncle is involved in body snatching. Meanwhile, her best friend's family is accused of plotting to kill Abraham Lincoln, and Emily is left unsure of whom she can trust. Includes a reader's guide.

The Days of Bruce Vol 1 A Story from Scottish History

Author: Grace Aguilar
Publisher: tredition
ISBN: 3847211447
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

The Car

Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780152058272
Format: PDF
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Fourteen-year-old Terry Anders, left on his own, travels west in a kit car he built himself, and along the way picks up two Vietnam veterans, who take him on an eye-opening journey. Reprint.