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 Posted: Mon Mar 3rd, 2008 05:46 pm
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Well, after almost 3 days of counting, we have the final results of the Top 50 Civil War Books survey. Of course, we're not going to tell you yet since it'll be a couple of days till the page is done. So we thought we'd drop a few nuggets....
  • there was a total of 621 entries containing 1863 votes.
  • only one book remained in the exact position it held 10 years ago.
  • 7 books which were on the last list moved up in ranking
  • 13 books which were on the last list moved down in ranking
  • An amazing 29 books which didn't make it on the list 10 years ago made it this time.
  • We had voters from 8 different countries ( US, Canada, England, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Brazil)
  • The books which rank 11th and 12th this year were not on the last list, and they're from the same author. So let's hear some guesses about who that author is (and if you're really good - name the 2 books!).
This has been fun  +_



 Posted: Tue Mar 4th, 2008 03:06 am
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Looking forward to the final result to see if any of my selections made it...)(90



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im good but not that good.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 4th, 2008 04:35 am
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I would bet they are Gordon  Rhea books or Peter Cozzens books .  Not sure which ones . 

Susan

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RESULTS NOW POSTED - SEE THE CWi HOMEPAGE.

Feel free to discuss your feelings about the results here. Thanks everyone!



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Well, there goes my promise to go for a month without buying any books.

"1863 votes"

For some reason that made me grin.

As for the results...good to see Private Watkins so high up the list.

Although I was not surprised that 'Landscape turned Red' by Sears scored so highly, that book always frustrates me. I find it goes into plenty of detail but skimps on any attempt to really analyse the battle.



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"1863 votes. For some reason that made me grin".

LOL - tell me about it Kernow.

 We actually counted it 3 times because I kept telling Laurie "I can't say 1863 votes, they're gonna think I made it up!" Alas, that's the true total, but agreed - very ironic...:shock: BTW, welcome to the board.



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There's a home page? Apparently there is a list posted, I haven't found it yet.

Kernow-Ox: "Landscape Turned Red" was one of the touchstones for me. But it was almost before the bug bit.

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Ole,

The CWi homepage is at http://www.civilwarinteractive.com . There you'll see a link to the results. Or just go directly to http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/50BestBooks.htm 



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You did a nice job with the survey.  For me, I'm always interested in what other people are reading.  In addition,  it's good to be aware of some good books that I should have read  by now and haven't.   There's too many good ones to choose from and also a lot of bad.

Connyankee, 1x3 of 1863

 



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I do love the list .  I am trying to figure out how to get the ones I don't have. Glad to see many I own on the list already.  Am disappointed Shiloh by Cunningham didn't make the list .  I am hoping it is in the next 50 books of the top hundred. 

Susan

 

I love it that it was 1863 votes



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Fascinating list. This is a truly comprehensive guide to Civil War reading. Could be a college Civil War course reading list.  I lOVE that there is both fiction and non-fiction among the top selections.

I'm still kicking myself that I forgot to vote for one of my most cherished books about the Civil War, but strangely enough the book didn't make it to the Top Fifty anyway. Another book by Woodward did though, so there is some compensation. I voted in haste (and will repent in leisure, as the saying goes.) Still, I didn't do Woodward justice.

I wish we had a top one hundred list. It would be so cool to know what the next fifty were, even if each earned only one vote. That anyone would think to vote for them at all must have some definite value.

This was a terrific exercise, Javal. You must ahve worked very hard.



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"one of my most cherished books"

Well, I can't let that one slip by. What is it?



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Very glad to see that a lot of the books on that list are only a few inches from my elbow. Seems I must have been reading the right stuff after all.



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Finally, with the help of Miss Susan, found that list. Am gratified to note that most all have a home here. The next thing is to read them all. So many books; so little time.

Mine are, unfortunately, not inches from my elbow. They're over there. And my aging eyes are not what they one were. But there, on the left side of the window is the western theater. On the right side of the window is the eastern theater. Over the top is what can't be easily categorized. Under the window is more of the same. To my left are the biographies. Sometime this summer, or maybe the next, I'll be doing it all over to put at least the references at my elbow

Otherwise. Nevermind. It just goes downhill from here.

ole
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I think the list is great. I was surprised at how many I have read and how many I want to read. This should make quite a wish list. I also was surprised at how many votes were cast.



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I had 25 of the 50 but haven't read them all.  this summer that is my plan to read the ones I haven't read.

Susan



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I wonder if it would be possible to post how many points each book got?

Coly



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Dear CWi,

Very nice job and interesting results. You might want to note that Bruce Catton and Jeff Shaara were also 2x winners. I was a little surprised by the number of recently published winners, although that might just reflect the voters.

I liked this so much, may I suggest that contests for the top 50 be held for:

a) young adult and children's books as way of getting more of them interested; for instance my 3rd vote was for _Rifles for Watie_ (as in Stand), as I remember the 1958 Newberry Award winner (I'm showing my age), my very favorite book at age 10-12. Has everything a novel should have, covers the Trans-Mississippi and Cherokee country, and is well researched. I still have the picture in my mind of the opening passage's description. You never forget the good books you read as a youth. Just think, maybe we could start a "stampede" into a youth book and end up with "Harry Potter of the CW!"

b) top ones of women in the war, fiction and non fiction

c) top African-American book, that is about blacks not just about slavery

d) top 50 recipes.


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