Walt Whitman feared that the real war would never get in the books—the true stories that depicted the courage and humanity of soldiers who fought, bled, and died in the American Civil War...
Rarely have I ever read such a polarizing book as "Two Brothers: One North One South". This book reads like a text book early on, and, if you are interested in the Civil War, I think this just may well become one of your all-time favorite books. However, if you are looking for less military history, or the Civil War just isn't your bag, you might find this book dry as dry can be. I myself, really enjoyed the text booky feel . This book is impeccably researched, and the characters are solid, relatable, and interesting, they are very well explored and fleshed out. The dialogue at the beginning of the book did feel a bit strange. There was no narration, so filling the contemporary reader in on current events was up to the characters, and it felt more like a newscast, or a formal letter, rather than dialogue. Like I said, this book was extraordinarily polarizing, and as such I will assign a dual a rating. Again, if the America Civil War is your thing, you enjoy military history, or you are in an American History class, and you are looking for historical accuracy (aside from the fictional main characters of course) I recommend a 1, Pay at Full Price. You definitely get your money's worth. and will find this a wonderful addition to your permanent library However, if the Civil War is not your thing, I give this book a 3, Find a Used Book Store, if anything, its a great history lesson.
Do you agree with my review? Do you think I'm totally off base? Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!
Now a few words with the author, David H. Jones:
The Book Buff:: I think the title concisely and effectively tells the reader what your book is about, how did you come up with it?
David H. Jones: Walt Whitman wrote about the Prentiss brothers in "Memoranda During the War". The title of his article was "Two Brothers: One South, One North" . . . I merely reversed "South" and "North" to retain the flavor created by the poet.
TBB: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
DHJ: Very much so! I want readers to understand that soldiers who fought on both sides were American patriots and worthy of our respect and appreciation. .
TBB: I absolutely love the cover of your book, who designed it?
DHJ: The cover of "Two Brothers" won the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award for cover design. This outstanding design was created by Charles Brock of faceoutstudio (formerly The Design Works Group).
TBB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
DHJ: My sincere wish for my readers is that they are both entertained and educated while reading "Two Brothers" . . . it tells the quintessential story of the American Civil War.
TBB: What is your muse? What inspires you?
DHJ: The Untied States of America . . . an exceptional, historic nation.
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