Book report and review a long shadow, jefferson davis and the final days of the confederacy
Surname 1Name:University:Course:Tutor:Date: Book Review This is a book review of the book “A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the final days ofthe Confederacy” which is authored by Michael B. Ballard and published by University ofGeorgia Press in 1997. In this review the author Ballard properly elaborates and critically analyzes the life one ofthe most respected and the greatest martyr in the American history. Jefferson Davis is describedby the author as a character whose youth was marred with violence as trouble maker constantlyon the wrong side of the arm of the law and also his heavy indulgence in alcohol. Inconsideration to the perception many as the writer describes it this is a recipe for disaster and asit the human nature to assume such character only bring forth violence and despair to the parentsand the society, this book well redefining such discernment as utter and foolish perception. Thishe critically analyzes without favor and not omitting fine details of the occurrences thattranspired in the life of this American hero. The irony in this review is that this man who is nowa great martyr and is widely studied in most literatures doctrines, is that the author perspective ofthe leader and the first and only president of the confederated State of America. Jefferson Davis when he reached the age of eighteen joined the army and raised in rankand merit, this made him a war hero. This gained him admirable respect in the war front and the
Surname 2generals saw leadership portraits in him, this will see later elevate him to high offices in thegovernment of the State of America. From the battle filed this thin skinned, proud and self centered in terms of thinking as theauthor described the other entourage would later describe Davis attitude towards matters even assensitive as the national security. Davis elevation status turned a right turn and he was in thepolitical arena and was in duration of very little time a senator, this was not the horizon for thisunsuitable politician as the author narrates that his closest allies and entourage thought of his selfcenter ideologies. Davis later became secretary of war and from this is when his peak moment as apolitician hit home, the author here acclaimed that not even his self centered ego would be assetback to him, not even political analyst description of Davis as been vague in political issuescould deter the founding CSA Congress from elevating and vote for him for presidency, thismade Jefferson Davis become the first confederated president of the State of America. Davis unsuitable political stance made him at logger head with every one in the officefrom the vice president to the generals on the war front over many sensitive matters, thatsometimes needed redresses but the president pushed them aside demeaning their urgency. Thisconstant argument with the generals over matters on the battle grounds saw Davis regime loosethe war, this gained him loathing and hatred by the southern who did not earn independence andthis is evidence as the author narrates the complimentary columns on the Southern papers did nothide any loathing for the Davis regime and outcry for his resignation by many rumor column wasevidence in their columns. This is what the author recalls as the greatest come back of Davis, this weakness causedby the defeat in battle become his strength. At this point many defeated men would despair and
Surname 3call it in, but Davis firm beliefs that the south should gain independence led him to keep onfighting and kept the government with all this circumstances going on. His defeat did not breakhim but gave him new strength that puzzled those who were his entourage. His flaws and failureas clearly elaborated by the authors turned the greatest and the first president of the confederatedgovernment. The stress that this man bared, sacrifices and pressures from his pursuant and hiscritics are unbearable to any human being and he is greatly respect in this degrees. The fall of theconfederacy could not shake him, and his constant retreat maintaining step ahead of the unionArmy was met with applause from even his critics as they saw the determination in Davis part,his official and family dignity and faith as they juggled government issues and the matters of warconstantly under attack from the union army. This narration by Ballard narrows the life of a reformed self centered egoism president toa most loved and cherished politician of all time. The narration takes the leaders to sad andemotional stages of the life of Davis. The story takes a rather sad twist as because of constantretreats, Davis was captured and arrested and his long imprisonment and hardship that heencountered though this did not break his spirit on the struggle for the long cause. He stillmastered strength to be able to later become a true spiritual leader for such a great State. Fromthe narration of Davis life by the renowned author Ballard, the life of this symbolic leader ishighly respected by his entourages, family and friends as the author narrates that not even themunderstood his ideologies about many issues which he had ways of resolving in his own way. The author takes the reader on a path that is filled with smooth fine details and alsooutlines of the hardship days faced by Jefferson Davis in his life as a youth and as president. Thisis the best case of transformational leadership as portrayed by the first confederate president ofthe united State who served as spiritual leaders for more than twenty years to the south after the
Surname 4war end. Long shadow is the best narration for the civil wars or reconstruction period enthusiastwhom main aim is to clearly understand these literatures.
Surname 5 Work cited;Ballard, Michael. A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy. Athens: University of Georgia Press. 1997.