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A holistic approach

by Fava, Colleen H. Issue: Fall 2002

During my interview for the position ofeditor here at Civil War Book Review, thedirector, Leah Wood Jewett, describedthe United States Civil War Center andits publication as having the mission ofpromoting the multidisciplinary study ofthe United States Civil War. Throughoutmy inaugural weeks and this culminatingissue, I must conclude that our goals arebeing duly met.

Within this issue you will find a broadspectrum of texts, authors, and reviewersoffering a distinctive perspective on theWar Between the States. We have presenteda selection of military brigade andbattle histories, memoirs and biographies,historical novels and a collection of shortstories written during the war, strategy andtechnology studies, religious and politicaltexts, and minority issues. Well-knownscholars and first-time authors, small andlarge presses are represented. Our reviewersinclude deans of colleges, park rangers,geographers, professors, bookstoremanagers, archologists, creative writers,and more. All of these forces work inconjunction to present to you¨our readers¨a truly diverse and holistic approach tonewly published or reprinted books on theCivil War.

Stacey D. Allen, chief park ranger atShiloh National Military Park, considerspopular social thought and battle historyin his review of A Single Grand Victoryby Ethan S. Rafuse (Scholarly Resources,ISBN 0842028757, $60.00, hardcover, ISBN0842028765, $17.95 softcover). JulianBrazier, a Member of Parliament for Canterbury,England, probes an outside viewof the war in the newly printed selectionsof British reforming commander, FieldMarshal Viscount Wolseley's writings inThe American Civil War: An English View(Stackpole, ISBN 0811700933, $26.95,hardcover).

Margaret Clark, a Ph.D. candidate inEnglish at Louisiana State University,explores the relationship of language andviolence as presented by James Dawes inThe Language of War (Harvard UniversityPress, ISBN 0674006488, $39.95, hardcover).Literature professor June Pulliamdeconstructs family values in the contextof slavery found within David AnthonyDurham's historical novel, Walk ThroughDarkness (Doubleday, ISBN 0385499256,$23.95, hardcover).

In two interviews Lonnie Speer exposesthe true brutality of the war with stories ofPOW mistreatment in his latest text, War ofVengeance (Stackpole, ISBN 0811713881,$22.95), and Marly Youmans shares theinsight behind her award-winning novel,The Wolf Pit (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, ISBN0374291950, $24.00, hardcover).

Donald Simmons, executive directorof the South Dakota Humanities Council,assesses Phillip Thomas Tucker'sclose study of three prominent Cubanswho chose to join the war in Cubansin the Confederacy (McFarland, ISBN0786409762, $39.95 softcover). Lori Bogle,professor of social and cultural militaryhistory, ponders the service of AfricanAmericans in the navy during the war withher review of Steven Ramold's Slaves, Sailors,Citizens (Northern Illinois University,ISBN 0875802869, $32.00, hardcover).

Dale Harter, assistant editor of VirginiaCavalcade, examines a fresh look at awell-covered topic when he reviews NelsonLankford's Richmond Burning (Viking,ISBN 0670031178, $27.95, hardcover).John Deppen, president of the SusquehannaCivil War Round Table, explores thehistorical significance of Williamsburgas presented by first-time author CarolKettenburg Dubbs in Defend This OldTown (Louisiana State University, ISBN0807127809, $49.95, hardcover).

I invite you now to peruse the pages ofour publication and add that final, allimportantdimension to our content¨itsreadership. In the spirit of my predecessor,Laura Ng, who bid adieu with the last issue,while warmly welcoming me, I wish hercontinued success. As she thanked you andsaid good-bye, I thank you and say hello.

¨Colleen H. Fava, Editor

review of EDITORIAL:

A holistic approach, by Fava, Colleen H., Civil War Book Review, (Fall 2002).