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Victors in Blue


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Albert Castel was the author of numerous books, including the Lincoln Prize-winning Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864; Tom Taylor's Civil War; and Civil War Kansas: Reaping the Whirlwind.

Brooks D. Simpson is professor of history at Arizona State University and the author of The Reconstruction Presidents.


"Castel is at his best in providing concise interpretations of his subjects' strengths and weaknesses, offering balanced portraits." -Army History.

"The quality of generalship remained a critical factor, and Castel offers a five-point summary of his method of assessing generalship, which is itself a useful analytical tool for students of the Civil War."-Civil War Monitor

"Castel's work is extremely well written and entertaining. It is one of those rare books that can be enjoyed by the novice and yet still offer a great deal to the professional."-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"A valuable addition to anyone's Civil War library and a treat to read. Mr. Castel argues persuasively that in the Civil War, the Union generals often found the greatest success when they were able to break free of the often contradictory micromanaging of Washington and he maintains his focus on what happened at the nexus when the first modern industrial war collided with modern mass politics; where winning at the election polls was as critical as a blind charge on a battlefield."-Washington Times

"This book is written in an accessible format for readers of all stripes and should appeal to a wide range of Civil War students. Victors in Blue does what many readers enjoy in ranking the war winners and their contributions. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the military and political aspects of the Civil War."-TOCWOC-A Civil War Blog.

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