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Civil War Book Club. Poll.

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by shermans_march, Sep 11, 2017.

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Which book?

Poll closed 43 minutes ago.
  1. Grant by Ron Chernow

    7 vote(s)
    19.4%
  2. Chickamauga: A Mad Irregular Battle by David Powell

    14 vote(s)
    38.9%
  3. William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of my Country By James Lee Mcdonough

    1 vote(s)
    2.8%
  4. This Vast Southern Empire by Matthew Karp

    1 vote(s)
    2.8%
  5. On to Petersberg: Grant and Lee by Gordon Rhea

    7 vote(s)
    19.4%
  6. Our Man in Charleston by Christopher Dickey

    3 vote(s)
    8.3%
  7. Shiloh: Conquer or Perish by Timothy Smith

    3 vote(s)
    8.3%
  1. shermans_march

    shermans_march Sergeant

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    I was having a chat with @ami and what would you guys think of starting a Civil War book club? The idea is that we will pick a book from a list of around 5-10 options, people can bring up their own ideas just in case my list doesn't include what everyone wants. Once we get started the plan is to read one chapter at a time and then comment on our opinions and ideas on the content. I am not sure how long we want to give people to read each chapter? I know some people's schedules are busier than others and people read at different paces. (Two days- week per chapter?) I would definitely like to be involved in this if it takes off, in either a leader or follower capacity. I would prefer a variety of newer books as options, which will decrease the chance that most people will have already read it, but I don't want the book to be too expensive so that some people have to go out and buy a 35 dollar volume.

    * my personal choice would be Grant by Ron Chernow since I know many people on the site (including myself) have already preordered it.

    I'll give this a few days and we will see which book gets the most votes.
     
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  3. NH Civil War Gal

    NH Civil War Gal Corporal

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    I will go with Grant but I haven't pre-ordered it. I do want to be careful that it isn't always a $35.00 book. I could a chapter a week, maybe two. I'm a fast reader but, alas, I have to work, since I didn't win the 700 million lottery.

    There is an older book, "Our Man in Charlestown" by Christopher Dickey that I'm burning to discuss with someone. Anyway, just a thought.
     
  4. BarryR

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    I went with Grant, as I did pre-order it !!
     
  5. Jimklag

    Jimklag Captain Silver Patron

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    Sign me up. I just got Rhea's new book On To Petersburg so it got my vote.
     
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    Addendum: Grant is ok with me.
     
  7. shermans_march

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    I just bought a 34 dollar book yesterday. To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862. I would be willing to buy Gordon Rhea's new book since I have been getting some extra spending by selling some old unwanted things on ebay recently. I have to study for school since I am taking Calculus and Physics this semester, but I could set aside some time to do this.

    It might be hard since you are already 1/3 of the way through the book. I do have that one though. Let me know if their are any books you would like me to add to the poll.
     
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  8. shermans_march

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    That's good to hear. I might have to pick it up on the off chance it wins in the poll. I was going to buy it anyway. Got to complete the collection.
    Let me know if there are any other books that would be good to add to the list.
     
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  9. NH Civil War Gal

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    Oh, I could back up and I have post it notes in the pages - lots of them!
     
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    I added it. :smile:
     
  11. Jimklag

    Jimklag Captain Silver Patron

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    I pre-ordered Grant and it was only $25.50.
     
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    I pre-ordered it on March 2nd and I am only paying $23.80 :tongue:
     
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    Jimklag Captain Silver Patron

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    Early Bird! My order was in May or June.
     
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    Sounds like fun
     
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    @ami If we did this book club what kind of format would it be? Would it be just a ordinary thread or would it be set up so that there would be like a separate mini thread in the main thread for each book club meeting? I just want to keep it organized and know that each discussion is for a specific day.
     
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    We would be glad if you joined!
     
  17. ami

    ami Major General Super Moderator

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    It would be at a designated time in the chatroom :smile:

    The book club group would need to pick a time that was most likely to be attended.

    The day after the chat I can post the transcript for any who missed it.

    I would suggest starting a thread a few days before the chat, like jerseybart does for the video chats. Reminde S can be posted there, as well as the transcript
     
  18. mofederal

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    I would like to read the book by David Powell. Well I did vote for it.
     
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    Jimklag Captain Silver Patron

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    A question. Are we talking about video chats? I currently own this phone, a tablet and an elderly laptop none of which have video capability.
     
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  20. shermans_march

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    @amiWhat is the chat room like and where is a link to it? Never mind I found it. This is it right? https://civilwartalk.com/taigachat/
     
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