Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mr. Lincoln's High-tech War

Mr. Lincoln's High-tech War : How the North used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-powered Weapons, and more to win the Civil War / Thomas B. Allen & Roger MacBride Allen
Lincoln knew that winning the war would take more than the same old strategies and maneuvers. It would require using technology to create new ways of waging war. Lincoln worked to make sure his soldiers and sailors had the best and latest hardware. He witnessed high-powered weapons testing at the Navy Yard, used the telegraph to keep in constant contact with his generals, approved plans for ironclad warships and the launch of surveillance balloons, and ordered railroads to transport troops and supplies. By combining these new tools of war with time-tested tactics, he helped revolutionize warfare.

3 comments:

Stacey Hayman/VOYA said...

...It is difficult to imagine a reader not finding something worth learning from this book.

Patricia Ann Owens/School Library Journal said...

...The lively, well-researched text makes it clear that Lincoln grasped the concept of "total war" and did not hesitate to exploit the latest know-how to ensure victory. Nineteenth-century photos, reproductions, and political cartoons appear throughout, each with an informative caption. Time lines and numerous sidebars treating topics such as the Emancipation Proclamation or Morse code are also included. An outstanding section of online resources sifts out sites of "especially high value." This book is a vital addition to the Lincoln shelf and an exceptional and novel approach for students investigating the Civil War.

Kirkus Reviews said...

...Clear, matter-of-fact writing and an abundance of photographs, maps, magazine illustrations and political cartoons make this a fascinating read and a fine resource for Civil War collections.