11 March 2017

On My Nightstand

I was contacted by Bob Driver a few weeks ago and asked if I'd review his latest book. Bob is a retired Lt. Colonel (USMC) and was, for more than 30 years, President of one of the most active Civil War Roundtables in the United States: The Rockbridge (County) Civil War Roundtable. I've spoken for the group in Lexington a number of times myself. Of course, I agreed to review the book. I'll be interviewing Bob as part of the review this coming Friday, Lord willin'. Stay tuned.

This resource has been on my wish list for quite some time. As I continue to relic hunt and find and restore a lot of iron artifacts, this encyclopedic book will be a great resource for identifying more of the odder pieces in my growing collection.

This is the book credited with having the most impact on Steve Bannon's political views. Bannon is, of course, President Trump's senior advisor. I'm finding the book quite fascinating. Wikipedia notes that the author, Christopher Lasch, was "an American historian, moralist, and social critic who was a history professor at the University of Rochester."
I'll have more to say about the book soon.


Ernest D'Agrosa Jr. said...

I have read Lasch's book myself. I found it fascinating as well. His "Culture of Narcissism" is also a good read...particularly in these times. ;-)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Ernest. Yes, that title intrigues me. Oh, that ever-growing stack though!

Ernest D'Agrosa Jr. said...

I have the same problem. So many books. So little time.
I also found this article about the VP's reading habits.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Ernest - Russell Kirk? Wow, I didn't know that. Very encouraging.

Robert Hawkins said...

Very grateful for your bringing Bob Driver's book to my attention. I was unaware of it, and I had a snootful of ancestors from Rockbridge County in the Late Unpleasantness - I found two of them in the preview edition as I ordered the book. If I had known, I would have been delighted to provide pictures for this project, Robert Hawkins at majedwards@aol.com

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Mr. Hawkins. You're quite welcome. Bob's done an amazing job with this book, including publishing a good number of photos of these soldiers. Though many of the profiles are just short bios of individual soldiers, the book contains a wealth of tidbits and details about their lives. It's quite interesting. You might think about contacting Bob. Who knows, he might revise/update the book at some point.