Praise For The Books

The Presidents

“Once again, Dennis and Peter Gaffney have assembled a large and rich array of information on a big and complex subject, this time the American presidency. As they did with their book on the Civil War, they point out little-known aspects of their subject matter. They dispel long-held myths. And they provide a wide array of fascinating information about the presidents. People who are interested in learning more about the American presidency will want to add this book to their reading list.”
—CHARLES F. BRYAN, JR., PH.D. president and CEO emeritus, Virginia Historical Society

“The Gaffneys reveal the strengths, weaknesses, and political savvy of past presidents that we tend to think belong only to modern politicians. The one-a-day format allows readers to enjoy a daily appetizer, while engaging writing entices one to feast on multiple courses at a single sitting. And, for those who are still hungry, references to letters, memoirs, and biographies provide avenues for further study.”
—PAMELA SANFILIPPO, historian, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

The Civil War

“Through compelling stories and carefully researched interpretations, the authors explain, analyze, and spark curiosity about the Civil War. The unique calendar format invites teachers, students, and families to discuss the multiple causes, the immediate impact, and the long-term legacy of our nation in conflict.”

–Cathy Gorn, executive director, National History Day

“This book takes readers on a comprehensive journey through the defining event in American history.  Story by story, the authors describe the causes, conduct, and consequences of the Civil War in a text that is rich in content and accessible to scholars, teachers, students, and the general public.”

–Brent D. Glass, Historian

“A delightfully good volume that provides a clear, concise, and comprehensive presentation of the Civil War in all its complexity. …Had only such a volume been available when I was in school!”

–Terrence J. Winschel, Historian, Vicksburg National Military Park, and author of Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign

“The Gaffneys provide both seasoned enthusiasts and newcomers with an opportunity to learn about this tragic moment in American history.”

–Jim Lighthizer, president and CEO, Civil War Trust

“For the reader, it will be easy to comprehend how and why the American Civil War still has an impact on our lives today, and is a perfect companion to take along while visiting one of our treasured battlefield parks.”

–John Heiser, ranger and historian, Gettysburg National Military Park