Take note, authors.  This is how you do a book full of miniature biographies. I’ve griped about it before. I don’t usually like biographies, not because I don’t like history, but because the format is generally dull. Coddington, on the other hand, spends his time putting the facts and figures in context of exciting events that each person was involved in during the Civil War. What sort of reputations did these people have? What distinguished them from others during battle?

As far as subject matter goes, it’s still not something that would normally interest me, but I do appreciate that this book exists and that it’s so well done.

Rating = 2

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