Civil War Talk Radio: September 21, 2007

by Brett Schulte on September 21, 2007 · 0 comments

Air Date: 092107
Subject: Civil War Top Ten Lists
Book:  The History Buff’s Guide to the Civil War
Guest: Thomas R. Flagel

Summary: Author of, The History Buff’s Guide To The Civil War, Thomas R. Flagel joins Gerry this week for an in depth discussion.

Brett’s Summary: Community College Professor Thomas R. Flagel discusses his new book The History Buff’s Guide To The Civil War, which contains essentially quite a few top 10 lists.  In this episode of Civil War Talk Radio, Gerry and Professor Flagel first go over the top 10 causes of the war.  Although Flagel ultimately ranks slavery as the number one cause, he “leads up to it” softly and recognizes the existence of other causes as well.  In the top 10 generals segment, Flagel ranked “Stonewall” Jackson number 1 and ranked Lee over Grant at 3 and 4, respectively.  The author and Gerry also spoke about the top 10 Civil War movies, and Glory took up quite a bit of the time in this discussion.  Interestingly, Flagel also included the controversial Birth of a Nation and the just plain bad Gods and Generals I his list, though his defense of each makes sense.  The most humorous portion of the hour came when guest and host went over the top 10 ways to be a reenactor.  Some of my favorites were “lose some weight” and “forget to wash your clothes for awhile”.  Gerry enjoyed this portion because it shows people some of the difficulties faced by the common soldier during the war.

Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, interviews a guest each week and discusses their interest in the Civil War. Most interviews center around a book or books if the guest is an author. Other guests over the years have included public historians such as park rangers and museum curators, wargamers, bloggers, and even a member of an American Civil War Round Table located in London, England.

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