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 Posted: Sat Jul 18th, 2009 02:27 am
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Mike, I have listened to the first part and really enjoyed hearing how both you and Hessler became interested in the Civil War by different routes and also why Hessler chose to study and write about Sickles.

Like Hessler, I too prefer to read about the less saintly characters such as the cavalry general James Hugh Fitzpatrick, a favorite scamp of mine.  But for some reason, Sickles always seemed too much of a DOM for me to be comfortable reading about. I'm glad you asked Hessler which Civil War writers he admires and how he settled on the style for this book.

I will listen to a piece a day, maybe more if one is short. I'm through Chapter Two now of the book...up to where Sickles finally finagles a brigadier generalship. Your interviews make a really good companion-piece to the book and enhance it. Thanks for the heads up.

By the way, I am really enjoying this book and the way Hessler writes. He brings the characters to life.

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