Tuesday, December 11, 2007

History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History

by Charles P. Roland (Author) and John David Smith (Editor)

From the publisher:
Charles Pierce Roland ranks as one of the most distinguished and respected historians of the Civil War and the American South. A former president of the Southern Historical Association, Roland is the author of nine books, including An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War, the definitive biography of Confederate general Albert Sidney Johnston, and a history of the South since World War II.

History Teaches Us to Hope collects Roland's most important work--some previously unpublished--on secession and the Civil War, Civil War leadership, and the South in fact and myth, and also includes personal reflections by Roland about his own life and career.

"Charles Roland is one of the most eminent historians of our time. . . . These essays go far in explaining why he is held in such high esteem."--James I. Robertson Jr., author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend

"Charles P. Roland has earned a wide and appreciative audience for his many books on southern and Civil War history. This collection offers his many admirers more excellent writing and analysis--as well as a thoroughly engaging memoir of key parts of his formative years in Tennessee and his service in World War II."--Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War

"Charles Roland stands at the forefront of southern and Civil War historians. For more than a half century he has enlightened and rewarded both historians and the general public with his winning prose and spirited interpretations. This volume is fitting recognition of his accomplishments. Its essays underscore the range of Roland's interests from Louisiana sugar planters, to Civil War generalship, to the twentieth-century South. Including human, at times humorous, autobiographical pieces was a marvelous idea, for they let readers see Charlie Roland the man, not just the historian."--William J. Cooper, Louisiana State University

"What a perfectly sweet distillation of the best writing by a truly revered historian of the Civil War and the American South. Anyone familiar with Professor Roland knows that he pulls no punches when he tells a story and argues a point, and yet he is always measured, precise, and judicious. A reader can almost perceive his demeanor and hear his penetrating voice on every page. No wonder that generations of scholars consider him a matchless model of integrity and wisdom."--T. Michael Parrish, Baylor University

Charles P. Roland is Alumni Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Albert Sidney Johnston: Soldier of Three Republics and The Improbable Era: The South Since WWII .

John David Smith is Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

From CWBN:
The exact day of release for this December title is unknown.