RaveThe Minneapolis Star Tribune...deeply researched and elegantly written ... Although this is a fictional Lincoln, Harrigan’s careful scholarship and graceful prose guarantee insights into the real man that few biographies can deliver.
Custer's TrialsT.J. Stiles
RaveMinneapolis Star TribuneThis is that rare, practically unthinkable Custer book that devotes only about 15 of its 582 pages to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the 1876 High Plains clash that cemented Custer’s fame (or infamy) when he led his regiment to their deaths at the hands of a superior force of Lakota and Cheyenne chiefs and warriors. Instead, Stiles focuses on Custer’s huge ambition as the son of an obscure Ohio blacksmith, someone who yearned to be known for more than just military feats.
The KidRon Hansen
PositiveThe Minneapolis Star TribuneHansen's Billy is a shiftless if well-meaning lad who constantly finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, up to the very end of his short life. The book's strengths include a glossary of its many characters, which helps sort Billy's friends from his foes, and Hansen's own vivid and engaging narrative based on his careful reading of the historical record.
RaveThe Minneapolis Star Tribune...[a] masterful and often poignant biography, a 1,000-page brick of a book that nevertheless moves quickly — much like its subject in war — and persuasively upends the conventional take on Gen. Grant as a butcher on the battlefield and President Grant as a bumbler in the White House ... The Civil War years comprise the best part of Chernow’s book, a familiar tale that nonetheless becomes gripping in his telling ... rarely has a consequential American life played out in such dramatic fashion. Chernow’s gracefully written biography, which promises to be the definitive work on Grant for years to come, is fully equal to the man’s remarkable story.