Eddy W. Davison & Daniel Foxx

Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigma

A biography that will make you give up reading fiction

 

This is the biography of one of the leading fighters of the South during the American Civil War. Almost 500 pages long (perhaps 200 too many). Plenty of detail about Forrest's life. There are 3 main parts -in my view- in this book: The first part is his early life until the war starts; second is the war itself, which must make up 80% of the whole book, and lastly is Forrest's relationship with the original KKK, his obscure role in it and exit from it, along with some mentions of his business project (the railroads) and his apparent reconciliation with the colored race.

In my opinion the authors waste too much paper trying to figure out the moral or psychological man Forrest, which is an absurd thing to do to a historical figure (it's hardly possible to do so to a contemporary one for that matter) and thus bring into discussion too much that is theoretical. If the authors had just dealt with what we do know, which already is a lot -and absolutely amazing, that would have been more than satisfactory to the reader. Forrest was a man of action, of true American (today only Southern or middle-American) values, not a better or a worse man than any of us can be. But his historical stature stands on the basis of his war feats, his charisma, his genius on the saddle, his leadership.

All in all, you can find here everything you want to know about Nathan Bedford Forrest, the great Southern warrior. The enigma is not for us to judge but God. Besides, who isn't an enigma?


"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.


Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.

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También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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