New York Times Goes To War, Charleston Mercury Fires Back in New Book

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The New York Times, the Charleston Mercury and the modern historian look at the same Civil War battles but see things differently.

'The Words of War,' a new book by Donagh Bracken, offers one of the most intriguing additions not only to Civil War study but to the history of American journalism as well.

As the divided American nation threw its sons into civil war, the home front demanded to know what was happening. Newspapers, North and South responded by sending special war correspondents into the battlefront with the armies and navies of the Union and Confederacy. They reported what they saw and, in many instances, what they wanted to see. Thus was born American journalism as we know it today

"There were several papers of influence in that era" says Bracken, "all were highly partisan politically, that was their nature, and that sense of partisanship carried into the war. The reportage of those papers were often monocular and makes fascinating reading when such reportage is viewed in juxtaposition with other papers of dissimilar perspective."

'The Words of War' shows the juxtaposition of the reportage of the Charleston Mercury and the New York Times on eighteen battles from Fort Sumter to Appomattox and is followed by an analysis of each battle by the modern historian. It has drawn enthusiastic comment from Civil War scholars.

"This path breaking compilation, extremely well done, should open a new vista for anyone interested in the true temper of the times," says Prof. James I. Robertson Jr of Virginia Tech, a noted Civil War author and scholar and Prof. William Cooper, Jr of Louisiana State University also a noted scholar and author finds it "...amazing no one else has previously published anything quite like it."

Donagh Bracken is well known for his unique approach to Civil War study. He is also co-editor of the Civil War Historyscope Series, a computer generated visual study of the 384 major battles of the Civil War as determined by the Civil War Sites Preservation Trust.

The Words of War (9781933909325) is published by the History Publishing Company, Palisades, NY and will be available in bookstores April 1, 2007

For interview contact:                                                                            

Donagh Bracken                                                                                                            

tel: 845-359-1765

For review copies:

brackendj (at) aol        


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