Review: An Intimate Look At the Night Sky

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An Intimate Look At the Night Sky
An Intimate Look At the Night Sky by Chet. Raymo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Picked this little guy up at the library after getting a new telescope. It’s a nice introduction to astronomy. Ironically, I knew most of the technical science, but nearly nothing about skywatching itself. The author prints season-specific maps and spends one page talking about the constellations & greek myths, and a second corresponding page talking about the nebulae, galaxies, binary star systems, etc, viewable in that part of the sky. That marriage makes skywatching very engaging, enabling the reader to really synthesize and remember what’s where in the night sky.

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Review: Bushwhackers: The Civil War in North Carolina: The Mountains

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Bushwhackers: The Civil War in North Carolina: The Mountains
Bushwhackers: The Civil War in North Carolina: The Mountains by William R. Trotter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There are maybe 3 or 4 chapters worth reading in this book. My favorites were those detailing some of the half-legendary “mountain lore” raiding and getaway stories. I am especially interested in JV Hadley and Albert D Richardson, two (separate) detailed accounts of northerners who escaped confederate prisons and made their way to friendly territory in Knoxville. There were so many Unionists in North Carolina they’d formed an “Underground Railway” for escaped prisoners.

Most of this book though is a recap of the war in the mountains: Thomas’ Legion, Burnside, Stoneman’s Raid, etc.

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