Hello Too Hotter's Try to bring different topics to the board sometimes that are not specifically current politics and just Pubs / Dem's blasting each other. If it's in the wrong forum, mod's please delete or move. Most of you will be familiar with his 3 volume "Civil War" series. I read and LOVED those books - or his participation in Ken Burns "The Civil War" documentary series. So I was a bit bored and have been watching You Tube videos starring of course "Shelby Foote". Specifically a series of C-Span interviews with him conducted from the mid - 90's up to his death in 2005. First, as a Southerner by birth, I was immediately drawn to his Southern charm and mannerisms, he is without question a GREAT storyteller and author. If I could define the "Quintessential Southerner" and what one would "HOPE" they would be, Shelby Foote would have been my human example of it. So as I am watching these videos, I realized how ignorant I was about the depth and breadth of this incredible man. He is so much more than a Civil War historian. Listening to him describe his craft is a journey anyone interested in literature would be amazed by. Listening to him describe the personalities in his Civil War series leaves one with the impression Shelby was present, in the Wilderness, at Antietam, at Gettysburg, at Appomattox. Listening to him vocalize his relationships with other writers, people, and the world at large will be an enriching experience for anyone. Of course Shelby's views on the war and his thoughts on it are not as popular today as in the 80's and 90's. Perhaps his most controversial statement when asked: Whom would you have fought for? North or South - His answer, unquestionably and without hesitation: THE SOUTH / THE CONFEDERACY. The interviewers always ask - Why Shelby? For such an odious cause?? His reply: No matter how ODIOUS the cause, I'm from Greenville, Mississippi, this is my home, these are my people, this is where I live, this is ME. (I could NEVER abandon my people, no matter what) and he throws in the proviso that it was Yankees invading the South (primarily with few exceptions). He also advises his answer is in the context of the time's, (1860's) not a view from the 1990's, not a hypothetical. This is unpalatable to some people today but makes perfect sense to me. Any soldier or person in the military reading this may agree that at the end of the day, when bullets fly, what is one fighting for anyway? Most would answer FOR THE PEOPLE STANDING NEXT TO ME. FOR MY UNIT. The ideological and political considerations melt away pretty fast.............at least so I have heard, myself, I am not a soldier so I do not claim real experience. Lastly, to close this out, and much to my surprise, Shelby Foote is considered by many to be one of the great writers and men of letters in American History. I mean some rank him among the HEAVYWEIGHTS of American literature such as Faulkner. It's really cool when he starts breaking down other authors such as Shakespeare, Proust, Sandburg and others, it gives one a sense of just what a genius this man was. I suggest any readers of this thread break away from fox or cnn a bit and catch up on this great great man, I encourage you to do so, hopefully you will find it as rewarding and enriching as I.