This morning, the New York Times reported on a recent study that determined the U.S. Civil War fatality estimates may be extremely underestimated.
“By combing through newly digitized census data from the 19th century, J. David Hacker, a demographic historian from Binghamton University in New York, has recalculated the death toll and increased it by more than 20 percent — to 750,000.”
Also this morning, The Times published a story about the paperback reissue of the Fifty Shades of Grey series.
“This S-and-M story about a virginal college student and the handsome young billionaire who binds her sounds racier than it is.”
And I can’t even comment on the recent Hunger Games media blitz – I know I am not the only one who is frustrated that the basic story line reads like plagiarism of Stephen King’s Running Man short story.
As I pondered the interesting Civil War study and the sad state of literature in America (my pre-coffee thoughts are not very linear), I remembered that last year my Pop sent me one of his favorite series on the Civil War, Bruce Catton’s Army of the Potomac trilogy.
And I have decided this sounds like a trilogy worth my time.
I have started the first volume and am captivated by the journalistic, yet approachable voice of Catton.
The Army of the Potomac trilogy is excellent storytelling that does NOT require encyclopedic knowledge of the Civil War in order to follow along, learn something, and be entertained.
And my Pop has read his copies until the pages have separated from the binding – which is all the endorsement I need.