Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Biography of Fox and Excellent Book
Yesterday I finished reading Gustavus Vasa Fox of the Union Navy: A Biography by Ari Hoogenboom. I was asked to review this book for the Nautical Research Journal. I am grateful to the editor for giving me the opportunity to read this book. Biographies can be a tricky business; some are exceedingly good, but I find many to be tedious, if not downright bad. This book is near the top of the exceedingly good list. It is extremely well written and lively, making it very easy to read. I managed to complete the 314 page volume in just over two days. As it should, the book does a solid job in telling Fox's life story, but the book is more than that. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the US Navy during the Civil War. Fox's life throughout the book is built around relationships, and it is those relationships that drive the story. I won't go into too much detail because I need to save that for the review. However, I will highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic.