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This book explains the controversy about the Confederate General Braxton Bragg (1813-1876). Hess makes the argument that Bragg’s treatment by history has been unfair. Hess attempts a historical assessment of Bragg.
The book is well written and researched. I think that Hess has written a useful, balanced and thoughtful biography. The author has revealed new evidence on the controversial Bragg. Hess described Bragg’s failure to tell his story after the war allowing the unsubstantiated claims and criticism to go forward in history. Hess went through the claims and criticism of Bragg and looked for substantiating evidence. The key important take away I had from this book was that it is a cautionary tale for historians about simply repeating the claims of previous authors without doing proper primary research. Earl Hess is a military historian specializing in the United States Civil War.
The book is fourteen and a half hours. Jonathan Yen does a good job narrating the book. Yen is an actor, voice artist and audiobook narrator.
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As the title indicates, Bragg has been largely reviled by historians for a century and a half. Hess has taken the arduous ask of attempting to rehabilitate Bragg by spinning every possible excuse available. Historians who have denigrated Bragg are all plagiarists (according to Hess) who didn't do their own research. While Hess does present pro-Bragg sources, they do not match the number or status of his critics. But it is an interesting POV and worth reading/listening.
The narration by Yen is incredible!