Update: I’ve sold two copies of the book in the past hour. I guess there is no such thing as a negative review.
I have to say that I really thought my book’s Amazon page was going to be flooded with negative reviews from day one of publication. I even spent some time strategizing over how I might respond, but the negative reviews never appeared. Better late than never. Up until three days ago there was only one review posted. In the last few days one very positive review appeared and today I noticed the following review from “silver dollar”.
Apparently, this is an individual who spends a good deal of time on my site given that he/she referenced a post from just this week.
This is a review of Kevin Levin’s book, “The Crater,” and Levin’s blog that supports the book. This review is my opinion only. Feel free to check out Levin’s blog, which gives an eye opening nuance into Levin’s thinking and agenda. A window into the author’s life and musings outside his book is helpful in understanding the author’s intent and agenda in writing a book, and thus reflects directly upon the accuracy of the book. Thus this review includes a review of Levin’s blog that supports his book. Levin’s book should be considered a poorly written fictional account of the Battle of the Crater….
I will be accused of not reading the book by Levin’s supporters, but please read on. I don’t trust Levin to know truth in any form. The author harbors extremely biased opinions against those he does not understand especially southern people. In one rant on his blog Levin refers to one southerner as “bat s*** crazy.” Is this the kind of language that should come from an educator, scholar or author? I think not.
The historical facts in the book, backed up by Levin’s assumptions, are nothing but opinions and assumptions and half truths. On occasion Levin spins the story to lull the reader into believing the research is impeccable, and that Levin understands and writes the only true account of history. Only fools, and the naive will be taken in by such garbage.
Like many authors whose sole purpose seems to be making money writing books, and profiting from spinning a Civil War story, Levin has a blog peddling his book. Check out his blog in support of the book for eye openers. Most posts that disagree with his opinion will not be allowed on his fully moderated blog. Levin carefully moderates each and every post, and his agenda shows through with the posts that he allows on the blog.
Occasionally Levin will allow a post that disagrees with his agenda. In response to such posts Levin will misuse words, take statements out of context, and slam the commentator in a way to make the commentator look ignorant and “dumber” than a fifth grader, and then close the comments to further commentary. I suggest Levin used his blog in this way to gather material for the book.
I don’t understand how a well respected Civil War author such as David Blight was fooled by Levin. Posted on almost every page of Levin’s blog is Blight’s short comment about Levin’s book. In part Blight states, “. . . showing us a piece of the real war that does now (sic) get into the books.” The word “now” is probably misspelled and really means “does NOT get into the books.” Friends there’s a reason Levin’s garbage does NOT get into the books. It’s pure fiction.
Obviously, I am not going to take the time to comment on the content of this “review.” Ultimately, what I find interesting is that I upset this individual to such an extent that he feels compelled to make a record of it for everyone else. Now perhaps this individual did read my book thoroughly, but chose not to introduce any specific interpretive agreements here. I have my doubts, but just in case I invite “silver dollar” to compose a more carefully crafted review that points out specific interpretive shortcomings in my book for publication on my blog. It’s the least I can do given the amount of time this individual spends worrying about my blog and book.