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Get ready for a rousing rebel yell as best-selling author H. W. Crocker III charges through bunkers and battlefields in The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War. Crocker busts myths and shatters stereotypes as he profiles eminent and colorful military generals, revealing little-known truths, like why Robert E. Lee had a higher regard for African-Americans than Lincoln did. Crocker culminates his tome in the most politically incorrect chapter of all: "What If the South Had Won." This is the "P.I." Guide that every Civil War buff and Southern partisan will want on their bookshelf, in their classroom, and under their Christmas tree.
©2008 H. W. Crocker III (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
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  • Storia
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/09/2020

Biased, Opinionated, Unilateral, & Naive

Crocker states that General Nathan Bedford Forrest had slaves begging him to take them in as slaves in antebellum times, and Crocker goes on to claim, therefore, that the Southern slave owners took care of them all, just like Forrest and Lee. So because two slave owners were decent, thus all of them were? Really? And anyone can look up autobiographies of escaped slaves and read up about their abuse and suffering. Crocker avoids pointing out that the Confederates were supposed to exchange POWs with the Union, called paroles, and not supposed to release their received paroles to the battlefield, but broke the agreement with the Union, since the Union encountered the same POWs on multiple occasions; thus, the Union ceased the paroling. Crocker saliently worships the South, using high praises for all the states, politicians, and people themselves of the Southern region. Love for one’s land is fine, but it borders on neglecting any wrongdoing. He stresses that through Christian faith the southern states were going to free the slaves on their own, if it weren’t for the pestering and harassment of the abolitionists, which is just logically paradoxical. He equates Lincoln to King George III; even calls him a dictator. You get the impression that Crocker would hail John Wilkes Booth as a martyr and a saint. It’s obvious that there was an ulterior agenda in writing this book. When I read the title “Politically Incorrect,” I presumed this book would offer rarely read information, and it provided a few trivial notes, like Lee hiding under a log from a few Mexican soldiers during the Mexican war, but it’s clear as day that the author perceived the South of being innocent of any wrongdoing (even neglecting to mention the Reverse Underground Railroad, where freed people were illegally forced back into the slave trade). I can agree that not everyone in the Union were innocent: Sherman was a racist, Grant was a drunken anti-Semite, and McClellan was a useless, incompetent coward. But if you want an unbiased, impartial book on the Civil War, then seek elsewhere, because this is incredibly one-sided to the point of being irritating. Myself being a completionist and wanting to keep an open mind, I forced myself to finish it, which was no easy feat. If I have to hear him use the phrase “was gone with the wind” one more time from this book, I’m gonna snap.

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  • Allen Easterling
  • 28/08/2020

More like "Historically Incorrect" Guide...

A complete farse. Shelby Foote would be embarrassed to be cited in this book. If you you want an accurate account of the Civil War try reading The Civil War A Narrative by Shelby Foote. I'm glad it was free but feel I deserve a refund on the time I'll never get back. I guess anyone can get a book on Audible... Here's the proof.

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  • Generale
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  • Vincent Tume
  • 18/12/2008

The American Civil War Made Simple

Contrary to the title's suggestion, there's very little in this title than I would rank as Politically Incorrect. I would however recommend this audiobook unreservedly to anyone with even a passing interest in America's Civil War. The book is well written, divided neatly between battles and personalities and well read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/07/2020

Recommend this book only as another point of view.

This guy wants you to share his opinion. His bias is obvious. Still, it’s good to get all sides. I wouldn’t not recommend this book. It is history. Just from a southern sympathizer that is in love with Robert E Lee and is luke warm, at best, to the rest of the confederate generals. Lee could do no wrong. Even when Lee admitted he did wrong. He says some other stuff that raised my eyebrows. But yeah.

The performance was great.

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  • Douglas C. Bates
  • 21/06/2011

Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?

American history suffers from two great stains: Slavery and the Civil War/War Between the States/War of Southern Succession/War of Northern Aggression. What name you choose reflects your conclusion about the war. Perhaps the Europeans have it best. They call it the "American War."

Most war history is not only the victor's history, but it is also colored by the result of the war, which can obscure the causes of the war. This is the author's main argument: that the war to preserve the Union has been recast as the war to end slavery, thus making the war a noble cause. The war indeed did end slavery, but its causes and the sentiments of the participants were far more complex. The exploration of this complexity is the politically incorrect aim of the book: That while slavery was of course immoral, so too was this war -- perhaps even more so. And without this war, slavery may have ended in a manner far better for everyone, including the slaves.

In the victor's history the loser is vilified. Among these villains we have a large proportion of people who were highly regarded prior to the war, and even after the war, including the grandsons of many of the country's founding fathers. What motivated these noble countrymen? What motivated the Union leaders? The answers do not correspond with a politically correct noble war to end slavery. The answers point to a stain in American history as dark as the stain of slavery.

While it can be said that this book is about the war from the Confederate point of view, it's really about the war from a point of view that considers many moral issues other than just slavery. If you are open to exploring this complexity, you will enjoy this book.

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  • Rem
  • 29/10/2020

Far too many innacuracies

The problem is not that this book is "politically incorrect", or even that it has an extremely subjective and pointed way of telling history (which can have its own merits), but rather that as a work of history it is littered with factual inaccuracies and poor research. Crocker upholds the Lost Cause myth of the confederacy, which has been discredited by scholarly consensus and all contemporary historical research. While a strong contrarian point of view can be worthwhile in providing a new view in which to view historical events, it shouldn't be done at the cost of the facts and evidence. If you're interested in a more reliable and less biased account (while still being accessible and easy to read/listen to, I'd recommend James McPherson's books.

The narrator, however, was absolutely delightful. Very well done in that regard.

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  • Generale
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/07/2019

More than slightly biased

Overall, this book gives a very good picture of the Civil War. That being said, this work is terminally slanted to the southern cause. The 'Books Yankess Dont Want You to Read' segments are entertaining even if purposefully provocative. Calling Gone With the Wind 'historically accurate' is absolute lunacy. You would be hard pressed to find a more inaccurate and idealized book on life in the antebellum south. Lee is practically worshiped as semi-divine and the author sounds like he is slobbering over Lee rather than simply pointing out his virtues. This book could have been much better if it was not pushing the lost cause narrative from beginning to end.

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  • Generale
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  • Russell
  • 03/08/2010

Civil War from the Southern Point of View

A balanced look back at the thoughts and feelings of the South before, during and after the Civil War. Nice review of the strengths and weaknesses of the Generals for both sides.

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  • Gerard
  • 17/04/2017

Total disappointment.

Horribly disappointing. Author is clearly pro confederate, makes informational mistakes, interjects his own opinion as fact and is most definitely a idolizer of Robert E. Lee. Anyone listening to this book should also listen to The Myth of the Lost Cause by an author named Bonekemper.

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  • Mark
  • 21/06/2011

Excellent Narration and Content

I was not a Civil War enthusiast until I listened to the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War. I had predicated my purchase of the PIG material on prior purchases and deduced that it would be a good investment. I was so impressed with the narrative on the history of the Civil War from this audio book that I also purchased some of the author's recommended readings. Well done!

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  • Rogtan
  • 02/05/2018

Certainly Not PC

A partisan trot around the ACW. Revealing and annoying by turns. Difficult not to listen to every damned word.