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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Eagle Has Landed

Okay, sorry, borrowed a title from one of my favorite movies :-)

Actually, the book has landed - finally! - in Gettysburg. Copies of The Complete Gettysburg Guide were just delivered this past Friday to the Visitor Center and Museum Bookstore (they were put out on the shelf Sunday), and all retailers should have them available today or tomorrow. One store told me that today alone they received six calls from folks looking for the book. Customers have been routinely asking if the VC store has them in stock. Co-author Steve Stanley received a supply today that he is going to sign and send to me, enabling me to fulfill the rest of our website orders. So those of you who ordered personally signed copies from us, and have not yet received them, they'll be on their way to you in just a few days.

It's wonderful finally having the book available in Gettysburg - now we hope that folks will take it out onto the field(s), town, cemeteries, etc. and put it to use. Make the book work for you, teach you, and cause you to have more questions about it all. There is much for us to discover together!

13 comments:

  1. Got mine today from B&N !!!! Looking forward to walking the field at the end of the month with a new companion...The Complete Gettysburg Guide !!

    Bill

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  2. Wow, Bill, that was fast - they only arrived in the warehouse late last week... they must have shipped quick! Be sure to let us know what you think when you've "taken it out for a ride" :)

    J.D.

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  3. Will do, JD. I started to read last night and I just want to let everyone know that if your one of those readers who jump right into the text and skip author introductions...you are making a mistake with this book. The intro by JD was a perfect tale of what a lot of us feel as we roam the battlefield and maybe more importantly WHY we return year after year. Great words JD and hope to see you and Steve on anniversary weekend.

    Bill

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  4. Thanks again, Bill - there is a lot of my life in the Introduction, and I know Steve feels the same about his.
    See you next month!
    J.D.

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  5. I just received my copy today, bought at the VC. There were several people with books in hand thumbing through it. They have two stacks of them one by each door. The cover is so stunning in person--the web does not do it justice. You guys did a great job. I called the publisher and someone there said Steve did the design. WOW. They really praised his work and I can see why. jD the text is great. I for one am pleased you are not writing with EW and that his name is not on this book. While I liked your last two books it is obvious you don't need a coauthor. I had never heard of you before but will surely buy all your books here out.

    Don Kramer

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  6. I sm looking forward to getting my copy on Saturday.

    Tim Carnahan

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  7. I meant to type am.

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  8. Don,

    I'm glad the folks in the VC were checking it out - I spoke with the manager today and they've already sold a large percentage of their stock of the book since it hit the shelf Sunday evening. And thank you so much for buying a copy - please try to hook up with Steve and I so we can sign it for you, and let us know what you think of it when you have a chance to take it out for a spin.

    Steve is indeed the co-author on this book - the pictures, maps, and complete design are all his. I think Steve has more talent in his pinky than I'll ever muster in my brain.

    Thanks again and I hope for the honor of meeting you soon.

    J.D.

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  9. Tim,

    I'm really looking forward to the signing on Saturday - I have the books ready to go! See you then.

    J.D.

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  10. Just purchased a copy at my local bookseller. I could not wait to get home so I stayed in the parking lot and spent an hour flipping through, reading the captions and studying the maps. The book is so lovely it is a thing of beauty. The heavy paper, the nice tight binding, and the black cloth and gold stamping are first rate. I do not believe I have ever seen a Civil War book like this. Because the price is so reasonable for a book like this I am thinking about buying another copy to take to Gettysburg next week and keep this one at home on the shelf. THANK YOU. Just saw three reviews on Amazon already. Well deserved.

    Ed Harris

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  11. Ed,

    Thank you! Ted Savas spared nothing in producing it - the heavy archival, glossy paper is perfect for durability and to make the colors pop. And the design is all Steve Stanley, which makes me the luckiest guy in the world, and all of us the luckiest readers in the world!

    Best,
    J.D.

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  12. BTW - buy a second one :) Seriously, you'll have one for the field, and one to keep pristine.

    Please also put a review on Amazon and B&N if you can, please - they really help, and assist people in making up their mind to purchase.

    Thanks again!
    J.D.

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  13. Thank you. I tried to put a review but I don't have an account there and it asked for my cc info. I don't put that online so I will try to have a friend post it. Yes Savas-Beattie puts out very nice books in both content and production. The colors do indeed pop as you say. The cross page layout is very attractive to the eye.

    Ed

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