How to Lose the Civil War
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How to Lose the Civil War : Military Mistakes of the War Between the States

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"Fawcett rivals Jim Dunnigan as a general-audience military analyst."
-Publishers Weekly

An expert on historical military incompetence, Bill Fawcett now offers an engrossing, fact-filled collection that sheds light on the biggest, dumbest screw ups of the America's bloodiest conflict. How to Lose the Civil War is a fascinating compendium of battlefield blunders and strategic mistakes on both sides of the line. History and military buffs, trivia lovers, and students of the War Between the States will all be mesmerized by this amazing collection of gaffes and bungles perpetrated by idiot officers and short-sighted politicians, Union and Confederate alike- published on the 150th anniversary of the brutal conflict that changed America forever.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 18mm | 238g
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061807273
  • 9780061807275
  • 879,851

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A fascinating and fact-filled collection of the greatest and dumbest missteps of America's bloodiest conflict

For four years in the middle of the nineteenth century, brother fought brother on American soil. No American war ever had higher stakes than, or changed a nation as profoundly as, the terrible conflict between the Union and the Confederacy. A dark historical panorama populated by a remarkable cast of colorful characters, the War Between the States was indelibly marked by both brilliant military maneuvers and mind-boggling battlefield blunders that gravely threatened the continuation of the American Experiment.

With suitable irreverence, Bill Fawcett chronicles the unbelievably disastrous decisions made by both sides in this monumental clash, including:





The Second Battle of Bull Run, where Robert E. Lee looks smart beating a remarkably stupid general





How the Union's shortsighted Colonel James Ripley's bad decision arms the Confederate Army better than his own





Lincoln's roller-coaster search for competent commanders, a long-running dark comedy of tragic errors





A golden opportunity squandered: General Lee fails to exploit a vulnerable Union and capture Washington, D.C.





Pickett's disastrous charge and the many, many Confederate command failures at Gettysburg





Lincoln's contentious draft policy that nearly burns New York City to the ground
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About Bill Fawcett

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.
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