15 thoughts on “Now in Paperback …

  1. tcgreen November 14, 2014 / 4:20 am

    Prelude to the eagerly awaited sequel?

    • Noma November 14, 2014 / 2:19 pm


  2. Mike Fitzpatrick November 14, 2014 / 6:37 am

    Hey, Brook!
    Will you be doing a Part 2 to your Grant biography? That would be great!!

    Mike Fitzpatrick

  3. Nancy Winkler November 14, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    What about that book on Grant’s presidency for the University Press of Kansas? Is that in the works?

    • Brooks D. Simpson November 14, 2014 / 4:33 pm

      No. That I set aside, with assurances that someone else would pick it up shortly. That was years ago. I found it a little too much to write twice (and sometimes three times), about the same subject, especially when there are other things I wanted to explore.

      • Nancy Winkler November 14, 2014 / 11:49 pm

        Thanks for replying. Grant’s presidency will be covered in volume two, so I’ll wait for that.

        • tcgreen November 15, 2014 / 9:16 am

          Right after the 150th at Appomattox would be a great time.

          • Brooks D. Simpson November 15, 2014 / 1:12 pm

            Let Us Have Peace can help you with 1865-68, so you may have to settle for that for now.

          • tcgreen November 15, 2014 / 2:02 pm

            Drat–I enjoyed it, but I’ve already read it! I guess you’re telling me I should expect Chernow and White in the meantime. Just know that your insight into Grant is much appreciated. And anticipated.

          • Noma November 16, 2014 / 2:23 pm

            My apologies for persisting with this. I think “Reconstruction Presidents” is good, also. But where to go for Brooks Simpson’s analysis of the Alabama Claims, the Treaty of Washington, and the first Geneva Peace conference? That’s what I wish to know. And his assessment of Hamilton Fish, George Boutwell (the future anti-imperialist) and John Cresswell. Where to go for that?

            Anyway, sorry to put the pressure on. Naturally we had high hopes for this. But you’ve also done *so* much. Maybe there is a charitable fund we could donate to, to fund a grad student to publish a *complete* annotated bibliography of the works of Brooks Simpson.

            And then have a forward by yourself, describing where your current perspective varies from what you originally thought.

            Anyway, you have your own life and your own intellectual and academic needs — so of course everyone will be interested in whatever course you feel will be most beneficial to these factors.

    • HBM November 16, 2014 / 9:05 am

      Why has Grant been so difficult? They have a complete run from Washington to Carter (plus Bush 41) excepting Grant.

  4. R E Watson November 15, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    The groupies are out in force. Do you have to where a mustache and wig when you go out to get some peace ? 😉

    • Will Hickox November 15, 2014 / 3:07 pm

      “Let Me Have Peace.” – Prof. Simpson channeling Grant.

  5. Charles Lovejoy November 16, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    I’m ready for a detailed book on Sherman’s Seminole War history. Am I the only person on earth interested in Sherman’s Seminole War history?

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