James M. McPherson

Battle Cry of Freedom


Comprehensive, entertaining, passionately pro-northern though not disrespectful nor detrimental to the South. I liked the fact of the author implicating himself with the North's cause, since a impartial attitude could only be expected by a non-American or a pedant. There's respect though, even sincere admiration for the capacity for fight and the stubborness to never give up of the South. Plus the book is readable enough for the amount of pages it has, what else can one wish for?

The book covers alternatively the politics, sociology, what have you, including the military part. I think the author dedicates much more to the former, which is wider in scope obviously, than to the fighting per se. So since there is so much information going on, some things will interest you more and some less, but overall it is well written and entertaining.

I am sure that one thing that made this book so successful was that -although biased- pro-North it is never arrogantly so. Good History.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en Libertaddigital.com

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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