Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Collapse of Price’s Raid

I just finished browsing through the newly released spring catalog for University of Missouri Press. There's only one Civil War title, but it's an intriguing one in Mark Lause's The Collapse of Price's Raid: The Beginning of the End in Civil War Missouri. It picks up where 2011's Price's Lost Campaign: The 1864 Invasion of Missouri left off and follows the operation to its completion. In my opinion [revisit my review if you're so inclined], the earlier book was a decided mixed bag, only grudgingly recommended by me. I still think it bizarre that it ended early in the raid's progress with no hint that a second book completing the story was in the works (in fact, the author went out of his way to justify his decision to end the project where he did, as if anticipating the criticism to follow). Anyway, that doesn't matter now, and I look forward to the second book regardless of my problems with the first.  The 1864 Price Raid still lacks a good complete history.  However this two-volume set ends up in our estimation, Lause at least has the commercial advantage of beating Citadel professor Kyle Sinisi to the punch.

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