Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Citizen General

I've always had deep respect for Jacob Cox, a civilian who thrived in both independent and subordinate command roles during the Civil War, so I'll be looking to get a copy of Eugene Schmiel's Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era (Ohio Univ Pr, April '14) next spring. Be prepared for sticker shock on this one, though.

5 comments:

  1. John FoskettOctober 22, 2013

    Drew: We are getting to the point where authors may have to ask themselves if they're in this business solely for self-satisfaction rather than "fame" or profit. With all due respect to our friends in these academic presses, this sort of pricing is a signal that they are publishing solely for institutional collections.That's a real shame because they are slowly cutting out a wider audience and ensuring that good research and writing will stay hidden in a vault. I'll wager that Mr. Schmiel isn't getting rich as a result of that absurd pricing.

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  2. I am not sure if the paperback version was listed when this was posted, but it fairly reasonable at less than $25.

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    1. Yes, it only appeared after the post. Unlike the HC ed., the PB is priced in line with what we've come to expect.

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  3. Chris EvansOctober 27, 2013

    That's decent for Paperback but still pricey (not McFarland paperback pricey though).

    I would prefer having the Hardcover at a decent price as they are just better and more durable.

    Chris

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  4. Unfortunately, I think many serious readers prefer a hardback. What I usually do in a situation like this is to wait until I can find a used copy at a more reasonable price. Which is admittedly doing the author no favors.

    Sean

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