Mar 202013

When I saw this title available on NetGalley for review I jumped right on it. I was amazed to find out that it is a true story that takes the readers through the bloody Civil War battlefields and heart-wrenching prisoner of war camps.

UPDATE: Having finished the book, I heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Civil War or Journalism. The book is well written and the story is riveting. You won’t want to put it down.

Book Posts

  • Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey – Peter Carlson
  • Civil War Bohemian Brigade

  • Book Info

    Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
    by Peter Carlson
    Publisher: Public Affairs
    Published: 05/28/2013
    ISBN-10: 1610391543
    ISBN-13: 978-1610391542
    Started: 03/20/2013
    Finished: 04/08/2013
    Source: NetGalley
    Reason: Love a good Civil War story, especially true ones.
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    Junius Browne and Albert Richardson covered the Civil War for the New York Tribune until Confederates captured them as they tried to sneak past Vicksburg on a hay barge. Shuffled from one Rebel prison to another, they escaped and trekked across the snow-covered Appalachians with the help of slaves and pro-Union bushwhackers. Their amazing, long-forgotten odyssey is one of the great escape stories in American history, packed with drama, courage, horrors and heroics, plus moments of antic comedy.

    On their long, strange adventure, Junius and Albert encountered an astonishing variety of American characters—Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, Rebel con men and Union spies, a Confederate pirate-turned-playwright, a sadistic hangman nicknamed “the Anti-Christ,” a secret society called the Heroes of America, a Union guerrilla convinced that God protected him from Confederate bullets, and a mysterious teenage girl who rode to their rescue at just the right moment.

    Peter Carlson, author of the critically acclaimed K Blows Top, has, in Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy, written a gripping story about the lifesaving power of friendship and a surreal voyage through the bloody battlefields, dark prisons, and cold mountains of the Civil War.

    Author Info
    Peter Carlson is the author of K Blows Top, which has been optioned into a feature film. For many years, he was a reporter and columnist for the Washington Post. He has also written for Smithsonian magazine, American History, and the Huffington Post. He lives in Rockville, MD.

    Jan 052012

    Killing Lincoln.
    Bill O'Reilly.
    Google Books

    2012 Reading Challenge

    2012 Reading Challenge
    This is Gary’s 2nd book toward his goal of reading 100 books this year.

    Book 2 for 2012 is “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever“. This book has spent a couple of weeks in the New York Times NonFiction Best Seller list.

    Told much in the fashion of a murder/mystery, O’Reilly provides a good introduction to this tragic saga. The story contains a lot of detail and O’Reilly does not find a conspiracy theory he doesn’t like. Though a fun read, it appears the authors took some liberties with some facts based on some online reviews by historians.

    I am sure the desire to fan the conspiracy portion of the story is part of the reason. I don’t think either author is a historian which probably is another reason for the errors. Hopefully ‘real’ historians will learn to write for the masses so we can get both enjoyable reads and fewer errors, till then….

    Book Info

    Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
    by Bill O'Reilly
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
    ISBN-10: 0805093079
    ISBN-13: 978-0805093070
    Started: 01/02/2012
    Finished: 01/03/2012
    Source: Mid-Columbia Library
    Reason: New York Times #1 NonFiction Best Seller
    Format: audiobook

    Publisher Synopsis

    A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O’Reilly

    The anchor of The O’Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America’s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln’s generous terms for Robert E. Lee’s surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln’s dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.

    In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies’ man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country’s most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history’s most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action,Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.

    Author Info

    Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books. He is, perhaps, the most talked about political commentator in the country.

    Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. His book Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone has been adapted into a History Channel special. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three sons.

    Sep 052010

    After spending the weekend at Ocean Park for our family reunion, we packed up the ole Arctic Fox trailer and headed across the Columbia to Fort Stevens State Park. We have wanted to camp here for a long time but never made reservations early enough. This year I found a space available from Monday through Thursday that would fill the gap between our planned weekend camping spots. The 3,700 acre park has nine miles of bicycle trails, six miles of hiking trails, as well as miles of beach, so there is always plenty to do and explore. Kevin & Kyle would have no problem running the beach each day to get their 5 to 6 miles in for Cross Country pre-season practice.

    We visited the historic military area which has a museum as well as the concrete bunkers built as military fortifications to guard the mouth of the Columbia River. The original earthwork fortifications were build during the Civil War were replaced by concrete structures and served as an active military base until the end of World War II. The kids enjoy exploring the dark interiors of the huge bunkers and posing next to the large guns.

    We had great weather while at Fort Stevens! Not only did it not rain (much) on us, one evening the sky was not overcast at all and we had a great sunset. I drove back to the beach to get some photos of the 1904 shipwreck of the Peter Iredale with the setting sun. I got what I think are some fantastic shots.

    We also signed up for the ranger-led kayak session on Coffenbury Lake. The rangers explained the history of Fort Stevens as we paddled around the lake early in the morning. The kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly. I really think we need to buy a couple of kayaks for the family to use on the Columbia River around home as well as when we are out camping.

    Before we knew it our time at Fort Stevens was over and it was time to hook up the trailer and head toward warmer weather to finish out our vacation near Mount Rainier.