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Simpson, Brooks D.

Works: 34 works in 105 publications in 1 language and 13,568 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Personal narratives  Military history  Records and correspondence  Guidebooks  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: E464, B
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Most widely held works by Brooks D Simpson
The Civil War ( Book )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Drawn from letters, diaries, speeches, articles, poems, songs, military reports, legal opinions, and memoirs, this collection brings together over 120 pieces by more than 60 men and women to create a firsthand narrative of the first year of the Civil War. Beginning on the eve of Lincoln's election in 1860 and ending in January 1862 with the appointment of Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War, the selections provide a sense of the immediacy, uncertainty, and urgency of events as the nation was torn asunder. Includes headnotes, a chronology of events, and biographical and explanatory endnotes.--Adapted from publisher description
Ulysses S. Grant : triumph over adversity, 1822-1865 by Brooks D Simpson( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Washington, Lincoln, Grant--these were once the triumvirate of American nationalism. But, like his tomb on the Hudson, Grant's reputation has fallen into disrepair. The image many Americans hold of him is a caricature: someone "uniquely stupid," an insensitive butcher as a general, an incompetent mediocrity as president, and a drunk. Several efforts to counter this stereotype have often gone too far in the other direction, resulting in an equally distorted laudatory portrait of near-perfection. In reading the original sources, Brooks D. Simpson became convinced that Grant was neither a bumbling idiot who was the darling of fortune nor a flawless general who could do no wrong. Rather, he was a tangle of opposing qualities--a relentless warrior but a generous victor, a commander who drew upon uncommon common sense in drafting campaign plans and in winning battles, a soldier so sensitive to suffering that he could not stand to see the bloody hides at his father's tannery, a man who made mistakes and sometimes learned from them. Even as he waged war, he realized the broader political implications of the struggle; he came to believe that the preservation of the Union depended upon the destruction of slavery. Equally compelling is Grant's personal story--one of a man who struggled against great odds, bad luck, and personal humiliation, who sought joy and love in the arms of his wife and his children, and who was determined to overcome adversity and prevail over his detractors. "None of our public men have a story so strange as this," Owen Wister once observed; agreeing, William T. Sherman remarked that Grant remained a mystery even to himself. In the first of two volumes, Brooks Simpson brings Grant's story to life in an account that is readable, balanced, compelling, and definitive.--Publisher description
The collapse of the Confederacy ( )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The final months of the Confederacy offer fascinating opportunities - as a case study in war termination, as a period that shaped the initial circumstances of Reconstruction, and as a lens through which to analyze Southern society at its most stressful moment. The Collapse of the Confederacy collects six essays that explore how popular expectations, national strategy, battlefield performance, and Confederate nationalism affected Confederate actions during the final months of the conflict."--Jacket
Union & emancipation essays on politics and race in the Civil War era ( )
6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Union and Emancipation, seven leading historians offer new perspectives on the issues of race and politics in American Society from the antebellum era to the aftermath of Reconstruction. The authors, all trained by Richard H. Sewell at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, address two major themes: the politics of sectional conflict prior to the Civil War, illuminated through ideological and institutional inquiry; and the central importance of race, slavery, and emancipation in shaping American political culture and social memory. Contributors consider the national culture, the centrality of the nation-state in understanding American history, the place of race in redefining what it meant to be an American, the way the Civil War helped to redefine the nature of the 'political, ' and of 'citizenship, ' and the significance of political parties through the ideas and interests that motivate them. The collection, with its dual themes of union and emancipation, will provoke debate, offer insight, and challenge recent interpretations of this turbulent period in American history
The Civil War in the East struggle, stalemate, and victory by Brooks D Simpson( )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Brooks D. Simpson's The Civil War in the East [discusses] the strategies employed by the Union and Confederacy in the East, offering a more integrated interpretation of military operations that shows how politics, public perception, geography, and logistics shaped the course of the military operations in the East"--Jacket
The Reconstruction presidents by Brooks D Simpson( Book )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During and after the Civil War, four presidents faced the challenge of reuniting the nation and of providing justice for black Americans - and of achieving a balance between those goals. This first book to collectively examine the Reconstruction policies of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes reveals how they confronted and responded to the complex issues presented during that contested era in American politics
Let us have peace : Ulysses S. Grant and the politics of war and reconstruction, 1861-1868 by Brooks D Simpson( Book )
8 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in English and held by 907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historians have traditionally drawn distinctions between Ulysses S. Grant's military and political careers. This book questions such distinctions and offers a new understanding of this often enigmatic leader. The author argues that during the 1860s Grant was both soldier and politician, for military and civil policy were inevitably intertwined during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. According to the author, Grant instinctively understood that war was 'politics by other means.' Moreover, he realized that civil wars presented special challenges: reconciliation, not conquest, was the Union's ultimate goal. And in peace, Grant sought to secure what had been won in war, stepping in to assume a more active role in policymaking when the intransigence of white Southerners and the obstructionist behavior of President Andrew Johnson threatened to spoil the fruits of Northern victory
Sherman's Civil War : selected correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860-1865 by William T Sherman( Book )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first major modern edition of General William T. Sherman's wartime correspondence, this volume features more than 400 letters, both personal and official, written between the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and the day Sherman bade farewell to his troops in 1865. Together, they trace Sherman's rise from obscurity to become one of the Union's most famous and effective warriors
The Civil War : the third year told by those who lived it by Various( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Spanning the crucial months from January 1863 to March 1864, this third volume of The Library of America's highly acclaimed four volume series presents an incomparable portrait of a nation at war with itself while illuminating the military and political events that brought the Union closer to victory and slavery closer to destruction. It brings together more than 140 contemporary letters, diary entries, speeches, articles, messages, and poems by more than eighty participants and observers, among them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Mary Chesnut, Clement Vallandigham, Henry Adams, Charlotte Forten, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and George Templeton Strong, as well as Union officers Robert Gould Shaw, Charles B. Haydon, and Henry Livermore Abbott; Confederate diarists Catherine Edmondston, Kate Stone, and Judith McGuire; and Alabama soldier Samuel Pickens, Iowa housewife Catharine Peirce, Kentucky preacher George Richard Browder, and Kansas clergyman Richard Cordley. The selections include vivid and haunting eyewitness narratives of some of the war's most famous battles--Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Fort Wagner, Chickamauga, Chattanooga--as well as firsthand accounts of the merciless guerrilla war in Missouri and Kansas; the Richmond bread riot and the New York draft riots; the controversies surrounding the use of black soldiers and the Lincoln administration's curtailment of civil liberties; and the struggles of civilians both black and white to survive increasingly harsh wartime conditions
Advice after Appomattox : letters to Andrew Johnson, 1865-1866 by Andrew Johnson( Book )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
America's Civil War by Brooks D Simpson( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Such is the continuing volume of work on the Civil War that we are regularly in need of an authoritative and accessible brief synthesis to keep us up to date with this endlessly fascinating subject. Brooks Simpson meets that need for the 1990s in America's Civil War, a wonderful feat of compression in which he addresses all the great issues of the war in 200 pages of clear and readable prose. Rightly, he puts the military history of the conflict at the center of the picture, but he excels in relating the drama of the war itself to the
Think anew, act anew : Abraham Lincoln on slavery, freedom, and union by Abraham Lincoln( Book )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The political education of Henry Adams by Brooks D Simpson( Book )
4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this lively work of revisionism, Brooks D. Simpson offers a new understanding of Henry Adams's political career, looking beyond the oft-quoted Education of Henry Adams to discover the historian, journalist, and political gadfly as he truly was. In doing so, Simpson challenges portrayals presented by Adams's many biographers and reassesses positions of major historians. He demonstrates the unreliability of The Education as a factual account of post-Civil War American politics, cautions those who represent Adams as a typical political reformer, and discusses why Adams's fervent desire to achieve political success ended in abject failure. Arguing that Adams sought political influence and power, not office, Simpson follows the young republican's struggle to reconcile the dictates of family heritage with his own personal inclinations by carving out a career as a political journalist and behind-the-scenes manipulator of reform politics. But his arrogance and sarcasm, according to Simpson, doomed him to offend the very people he sought to influence and forced him to the margins of the reform movement. Simpson contends that even as Adams wrote about his failure in The Education of Henry Adams, he sought to conceal its true causes behind a facade of witty, derisive remarks about American politics and politicians. In contrast, Simpson places the blame for Adams's failure squarely on Adams himself, concluding that personality rather than politics thwarted his promising career
Gettysburg : a battlefield guide by Mark Grimsley( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Victors in blue : how Union generals fought the Confederates, battled each other, and won the Civil War by Albert E Castel( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In a book that spans the whole Civil War, the author examines how, despite infighting, the Union generals formed a cohesive unit of leadership to defeat the Confederate Army."--Provided by publisher
Special volume ... of the papers of Andrew Johnson ( Book )
in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Corps commanders in blue : Union major generals in the Civil War ( )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The outcomes of campaigns in the Civil War often depended on top generals having the right corps commanders in the right place at the right time. Mutual trust and respect between generals and their corps commanders, though vital to military success, was all too rare: Corps commanders were often forced to exercise considerable discretion in the execution of orders from their generals, and bitter public arguments over commanders'' performances in battle followed hard on the heels of many major engagements. Controversies that arose during the war around the decisions of corps and army commanders-
The Civil War : told by those who lived it ( Book )
in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
" ... Drawn from letters, diaries, speeches, articles, poems, songs, military reports, legal opinions, and memoirs, 'The Civil War: The First Year' brings together over 120 pieces by more than sixty participants to create a unique firsthand narrative of this great historical crisis ..."--Dust jacket flap
Ulysses S. Grant by Brooks D Simpson( Book )
in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Writings of Henry Adams ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A trio of scholars and historians examine the history of the Gilded Age through the works of Henry Adams, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Education of Henry Adams."
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Alternative Names
Simpson, Brooks
Simpson, Brooks Donohue 1957-
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