PositiveThe Washington Post... intriguing ... could serve an important modern role as an intellectual warehouse of ideas for [Charlemagne\'s] history — and leave existing historical interpretations open to debate ... While most of us aren’t medieval scholars, the challenge of trying to figure out which Charlemagne is the real Charlemagne is enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. Whether Nelson has actually solved the centuries-old mystery isn’t, shall we say, elementary.
RaveThe Washington PostWhyte is an impressive stylist with a penchant for explaining political history to contemporary readers. This well-researched volume proves that Hoover, far from being a political failure, should be rightfully acknowledged as the father of New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism.
PositiveThe Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...tackles this controversial, rarely discussed subject with gusto ... Mr. Taylor uses a fine paintbrush on a massive historical canvas. Stories of partisans and slaves, trials and tribulations of allies and rebels, and fierce battles on land and oceans creates one of the most unique color palettes about the Republic ... a well-written and researched book that will frustrate and challenge readers. It’s only natural that we want to elevate our heroes to the highest pedestal and ensure they always remain perfect. Yet, a better understanding of their imperfections doesn’t diminish their achievements; it only proves these heroes were, and will always be, human beings.