This is one of the reasons I have been so behind on reading my bookclub books (Although I did actually purchase In Defense of Food and plan on reading that when I have a moment!). My Civil War class has been very interesting and I really have enjoyed learning about this pivotal event in our American past, but there has certainly been a lot of reading! Jeremy reminds me that a lot of college students don’t actually do all the reading assigned to them, however I had to remind him that I don’t have the luxury of listening to a lecture, so really if I don’t read, I don’t know what is going on! And to top it off I’m kind of a nerd and sincerely want to be able to talk at least a little intelligently about the Civil War! Anyway, all that to say there has been a lot of reading and last week I had to write a short book review of this book – which I hadn’t read, so I read the whole thing last week (on top of all my regular reading), so I think last week I read a good 500+ pages!
I thought this book was very well researched and did an excellent job of using primary sources in the text. It was, however, a very detailed account of guerrilla warfare in Kansas and Missouri. Honestly, this book seemed very boring to me at first, but I eventually got into the flow of the writing and ended up enjoying it. I would however, only recommend this book to someone who is either a big Civil War fan or interested in an academic historical read. Here’s a link to my review if you’re really interested (but I somehow doubt very many people will be interested in reading this book! That’s ok, I don’t think I would have read it if I didn’t have to!).