Monday, December 1, 2014

Interview with S.C. Gwynne! (11/28/14)

TRP welcomes acclaimed author S.C. Gwynne! S.C. (Sam) Gwynne has spent most of the last fourteen years writing for Texas Monthly, where he was Executive Editor from 2000-2008. In 2008 he won the National City and Regional Magazine Award for “Writer of the Year.” He also writes for Outside magazine. Prior to joining Texas Monthly, Sam worked for Time Magazine for 12 years as Correspondent, Bureau Chief, National Correspondent and Senior Editor. He wrote some 200 stories for Time, including 6 cover stories. He won a number of awards for his work at Time, including a National Headliners Award for his work on the Columbine High School shootings. He also won the Gerald Loeb Award, the country’s most prestigious award for business writing; the Jack Anderson Award, as the best investigative reporter; and the John Hancock Award, for Distinguished Financial Writing...Prior to his career in journalism, he was a French teacher and an international banker.

He is the author of the prize winning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon, and he's here to talk about his new book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jacksona thrilling account of how General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and very tragic American hero.

Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous cause lost. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abe Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Until his tragic untimely death by friendly fire, Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future!

The book is the result of Mr. Gwynne's lifelong interest in the "War between the States" and particularly in Jackson, whom he considers one of its most compelling characters. The book is really about transformation: how an unpopular and highly eccentric college physics professor and humanitarian, becomes, in the space of fourteen months, the most famous military figure in the western world. He has made a series of research trips to various archives and battlefields. The title comes from the fact that Jackson invented the "Rebel Yell!" Hear the Rebel Yell Here:

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