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John Y. Simon

Born: 1933 in Highland Park, Illinois
Died: 2008 in Carbondale, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: John taught at the University of Illinois for 44 years.

Biography: John was on the history faculty of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, for 44 years. Simon had MA and PhD history degrees from Harvard University. He received the Lincoln Prize Special Achievement Award in 2004 from the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College for his then-24, later 31 volume Grant series.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

John Y. Simon on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Grant and Halleck :
ISBN: 9780874623291 OCLC: 70765750

Marquette University Press ; Milwaukee : ©1996.

Lincoln revisited :
ISBN: 9780823240869 OCLC: 647876476

Fordham University Press, New York : 2007.

In February 2009, America celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, and the pace of new Lincoln books and articles has already quickened. From his cabinetGÇÖs politics to his own struggles with depression, Lincoln remains the most written-about story in our history. And each year historians find something new and important to say about the greatest of our Presidents. Lincoln Revisited is a masterly guidebook to whatGÇÖs new and whatGÇÖs noteworthy in this unfolding storyGÇöa brilliant gathering of fresh scholarship by the leading Lincoln historians of our time. Brought togeth.

Lincoln's generals /
ISBN: 0195101103 OCLC: 62469867

Oxford University Press, New York : 1995, ©1994.

From the moment the battle ended, Gettysburg was hailed as one of the greatest triumphs of the Union army. Celebrations erupted across the North as a grateful people cheered the victory. But Gabor Boritt turns our attention away from the rejoicing millions to the dark mood of the White House - where Lincoln cried in frustration as General Meade let the largest Confederate army escape safely into Virginia. Such unexpected portraits abound in Lincoln's Generals, as a team of distinguished historians probes beyond the popular anecdotes and conventional wisdom to offer a fascinating look at Lincoln's relationship with his commanders. In Lincoln's Generals, Boritt and his fellow contributors examine the interaction between the president and five key generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant. In each chapter, the authors provide new insight into this mixed bag of officers and the president's tireless efforts to work with them. Even Lincoln's choice of generals was not as ill-starred as we think, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark E. Neely, Jr.: compared to most Victorian-era heads of state, he had a fine record of selecting commanders (for example, the contemporary British gave us such bywords for incompetence as "the charge of the Light Brigade," while Napoleon III managed to lose the entire French army). But the president's relationship with his commanders in chief was never easy. In these pages, Stephen Sears underscores McClellan's perverse obstinancy as Lincoln tried everything to drive him ahead. Neely sheds new light on the president's relationship with Hooker, arguing that he was wrong to push the general to attack at Chancellorsville. Boritt writes about Lincoln's prickly relationship with the victor of Gettysburg, "old snapping turtle" George Meade. Michael Fellman reveals the political stress between the White House and William T. Sherman, a staunch conservative who did not want blacks in his army but who was crucial to the war effort. And John Y. Simon looks past the legendary camaraderie between Lincoln and Grant to reveal the tensions in their relationship. Perhaps no other episode has been more pivotal in the nation's history than the Civil War - and yet so much of these massive events turned on a few distinctive personalities. Lincoln's Generals is a brilliant portrait that takes us inside the individual relationships that shaped the course of our most costly war.

New perspectives on the Civil War :
ISBN: 9781461610526 OCLC: 831658074

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Md. : 2002.

Issues raised by the Civil War, including its causes and consequences, reverberate through contemporary society. Family and community connections with the war exist everywhere, as do battlefields, memorials, and other physical reminders of the conflict. Here, leading Civil War scholars gather to sort out the fact and fiction of our collective memories.

New perspectives on the Civil War :
ISBN: 0742521206 OCLC: 51450697

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Md. : 2002.

The era of the Civil War, 1848-1870 /
ISBN: 0252013395 OCLC: 14130434

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©1987.

The Lincoln Forum :
ISBN: 1882810376 OCLC: 44727944

Savas Pub. Co. ; Mason City, IA : 1999.

On November 19, 1996, six distinguished American scholars met in Gettysburg and offered unique perspectives on the place of President Lincoln, his unforgettable Address, and the titanic battle of July 13, 1863, in American history and the collective conscience. Here for the first time, these monographs are made available to the general public. Includes essays by the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, Richard N. Current, Harold Holzer, Edna Greene Medford, and John Y. Simon.

  The personal memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant)
ISBN: 9780809335954 OCLC: 714777902

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale : [1988], ©1975.

Ulysses S. Grant :
ISBN: 0809310198 OCLC: 7923913

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale : ©1981.