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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Plenty of Blame To Go Around" in paperback June 2011


Eric Wittenberg and I were just informed by our publisher, Savas Beatie LLC, that our first book together Plenty of Blame To Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg will be out in paperback this coming June. This book appeared in 2006, and is a comprehensive narrative of Confederate cavalry commander Jeb Stuart's ride to Pennsylvania with three of his brigades. We begin just after the battle of Brandy Station, detail the orders and planning that went into the ride, and then narrate the ensuing eight days of the cavalry's exploits from Virginia through Maryland and then to Gettysburg. Stuart got into several scraps along the way, including the capture of the Federal supply train at Rockville, a nasty skirmish at Westminster, an all-day brawl at Hanover, and then Wade Hampton's fight against Judson Kilpatrick at Hunterstown on July 2.

We're very excited to see this volume come to paperback, just as our second book One Continuous Fight (about the retreat from Gettysburg and the companion volume) did about a month ago. Paperback volumes reach a wider audience, and it also gives us the opportunity to make a couple minor tweaks to the original issue. We found a couple interesting tidbits recently that add to the interpretation of the fight at Westminster, for instance, and we're able now to work in a few sentences of the additional information.

If you've been waiting for this book to come out in softcover, this summer will be your chance to pick it up.

12 comments:

  1. That is great to hear. I tend to buy paperbacks, because they take up less shelf space. I will definitely pick this on up, as I really enjoyed _One Continuous Fight_.

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  2. Roy said
    Any way you can save space is great.I have the hardcover and I have the R-Book,Kindle version.
    Its great to read it that way.It is also neat to have the Kindle read it to me.Its not as good as JD's voice but you can't have everything,
    Regards

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  3. LOL, thanks Roy.
    Is it at least a woman's voice??

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  4. I haven't tried the female voice yet.

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  5. I picked this up in nook form recently.

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  6. Thank you, Alex - I hope you like it. Please let me know.
    J.D.

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  8. I won't be buying the paperback copy.... I bought a hard cover at the VC today - inscribed by both Eric and you! Looking forward to reading it.

    BTW, I bought your audio tour and used it over the past couple of days. It is interesting that the VC doesn't have your tour on the big shelf with the other CD tours - Travel Brains, Borrit, etc. Why is that? I haven't done the TB tour for GB - but I did their tour for Antietam. I didn't care for their dramatization. I'm glad you played it straight.

    Your tour was comprehensive and easy to follow. My gripe is with the NPS street signage - often not visible from intersections where you need to make a decision. I was driving the tour alone using the CD's - I also ripped it to MP3 but I have a rental car that I haven;t figured out the MP3 function yet.

    Dave

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  9. Dave, thanks so much - I hope you enjoy the book!

    As for the audio tour, I'm glad you enjoyed it. We wanted to play it straight like that, to let folks see as much of the field as possible without cannon booms, music, etc to distract them. We've been trying to get the tour more prominent in the VC, but it may be that we're a lot of competition for the Borrit tour, perhaps. He's on the GB Foundation Board of Directors, and our tour is outselling the others by a wide margin. I guess that's ruffling some feathers...

    Best,
    J.D.

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  10. Have you listened to the Borrit tour? That one intrigued me - I almost bought it based on his reputation.
    Dave

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  11. I haven't no. It's narrated by Stephen Lang. I'm told that it is interesting to listen to, but that it only hits hightlights of the field - it's apparently not that in-depth. But never having listened to it, I can't comment beyond that.

    JD

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