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 Posted: Mon Mar 9th, 2009 03:11 am
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From Andrew Wagenhoffer's excellent blog, Civil War Books and Authors comes word  that Russell S. Bonds has written a new book "War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta". Bonds is known by several of us here for his fascinating book "The Stealing of the General," one I hope will be made into a movie.

Wagenhoffer tells us that Bonds's new book will be released in August, a good time to release it given the dates of the Battle for Atlanta.  I can't wait to read this book. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon right now for $19.00. I plan to get on the list. Bonds's is such a good writer and knows how to bring out the drama of a historical event.

 

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 Posted: Mon Mar 9th, 2009 04:29 am
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Thanks for the alert CleburneFan. Do we know if this book is specifically about the battle of July 22nd?  I hope this isn't a general history of the campaign because we have plenty of those in print.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 9th, 2009 04:31 am
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Thanks for the information Fan.  I loved Stealing the General so will look for it . He lives and works in Atlanta for Coca Cola so writing about Atlanta would be right up his alley

Susan



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The Iron Duke wrote: Thanks for the alert CleburneFan. Do we know if this book is specifically about the battle of July 22nd?  I hope this isn't a general history of the campaign because we have plenty of those in print.
I've been in contact with Mr. Bonds and I believe this book specifically deals with the July 22nd Battle of Bald Hill (aka Atlanta), and of course the burning of the city which followed not too long after.  I'm not sure if Ezra Church, Jonesboro, etc. are included or not.



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Hi CleburneFan, Iron Duke, et al. and thanks for your interest.

The book is not a full campaign study but (hopefully) a more focused view on the battles at the gates of Atlanta, and the fate that befell the civilians of Atlanta as well.  The book opens with Sherman crossing the Chattahoochee, then Hood replaces Johnston and pretty much all hell breaks loose.  I'd like to think that my story is a little different than the excellent work Castel, McMurry, Davis and others have done in the past.  As I hope you'll see, I really enjoy focusing on the characters:  not only Sherman and Johnston and Hood, but Cleburne, Thomas, Hooker, Howard, Harrison, Wheeler etc. etc.

Amazon link here.  I really appreciate your taking early notice of the book.

http://www.amazon.com/War-Like-Thunderbolt-Burning-Atlanta/dp/1594161003/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235604271&sr=1-1

Kind regards,

Russell Bonds, Marietta, Georgia



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Well, Mr Bonds, I can't wait until your book arrives at my door!



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Russell thanks for posting the information on here.  I can't wait to get your book.  Stealing the General was such a good read. 

Should be interesting reading about the men involved in the battles around Atlanta. 

Susan



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Thank you Mr. Bonds for sharing that information with us.  Have you read The Siege of Atlanta by Sam Carter?



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Sure, Iron Duke, I know Carter's book.  It's a good and engaging account, if a bit fictionalized in places. 

Please note our updated Amazon.com listing, with pre-pub blurbs from James McPherson and Robert Hicks.  I appreciate your interest and hope you enjoy the book!  RSB 



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I checked AMazon and have pre-ordered the book. I find I really like the title. IT just makes me want to read that book, but right now, not in August!



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I have heard that Stealing the General was really good, but I haven't read it. I'll have to read it and this new book when it comes out. The title sounds very interesting, I don't know much about the battle of Atlanta.



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Mr. Bonds,

I came across your magazine article on Polk. How that man was able to gain a generalship when he had no military experience whatsoever and managed to retain it after all his blunders is a mystery to me.



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I look forward to reading Mr. Bonds' new book. His previous book "Stealing the General" was a very well written book! I highly recommend that one.



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I just got a notice from Amazon where I ahve the book pre-ordered. They say the publication releasde will not be until September 9.  Also I haven't yet received the Wittenberg Dalhgren book I pre-rdered. I surely hope they don't both arrive at the same time! I'll be swamped trying to read them both.:D



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