History Professor Doug Egerton's 10th book Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America
has been getting positive reviews in several publications since its release on Nov. 1. Among the media outlets that have reviewed the book are The Christian Science Monitor
, The New Yorker
, The Washington Times
, and the Providence Journal
The description on Amazon reads in part: "In Thunder at the Gates
, Douglas Egerton chronicles the formation and battlefield triumphs of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry - regiments led by whites but composed of black men born free or into slavery. He argues that the most important battles of all were won on the field of public opinion, for in fighting with distinction the regiments realized the long-derided idea of full and equal citizenship for blacks. A stirring evocation of this transformative episode, Thunder at the Gates
offers a riveting new perspective on the Civil War and its legacy."