A Manuscript Gets a Cover

Even with all the work I’ve put into this project over the past few years, it’s funny how seeing the cover for the first time can finally make its impending publication a reality.  I absolutely love the cover and I hope you do as well.  The book is still slated for a spring 2012 release and I expect that it will be available for pre-order some time soon.  Thanks to all the wonderful people at the University Press of Kentucky for their continued enthusiasm and support.  Click here for more information about the book.

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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29 comments… add one
  • Woodrowfan Sep 27, 2011 @ 17:49

    great cover. who did the painting?

    • Kevin Levin Sep 27, 2011 @ 17:50

      Don Troiani

      • Ed Norris Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:03

        Do you now own the original?

        • Kevin Levin Sep 27, 2011 @ 18:09

          I have a framed giclee edition in my library, which is meant to look like a real canvas. Only 50 were produced.

  • Jimmy Johnson Sep 27, 2011 @ 5:01


    Outstanding cover!! Congratulations!!!! Looking forward to the fine read.


  • Vin Sep 26, 2011 @ 14:14

    Congrats! Books looks great. It is wonderful to see your name on that cover. Well done Kevin and best on your continued success!

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 14:23

      Thanks, Vin. I tried to convince the publisher that we need a guitar instrumental as a theme song for the book. Didn’t work. 🙂

  • Ray O'Hara Sep 26, 2011 @ 9:59

    It may be piling on but it does look good and I’m looking forwards to reading it.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 10:01

      Thanks, Ray. It’s nice to hear that people are looking forward to it. Many of my regular readers have been with me from the beginning and have watched it evolve over the years.

  • Richard Sep 26, 2011 @ 9:21

    It’s kind of hard not “to judge a book by its cover” at times, and this is one of those times. That is a very eye-catching cover. 2012 is suddenly not that far away. Good luck with it.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 9:35

      Thanks, Richard. I just hope the pages in between are as good. 🙂

  • Scott Manning Sep 26, 2011 @ 8:20

    Great cover! Solid work. The appearance of both the Confederate and American flags will grab peoples’ attention.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 8:33

      Glad you like it, Scott. It works well alongside John Elder’s famous painting of the Crater, which is included and analyzed in the book.

  • Michael Douglas Sep 26, 2011 @ 8:13

    Man, I am waiting with bated breath for this book! By the way, I’m a graphic designer who does (among other things) book design (my favorite). This is very, *very* nicely done! Quite elegant, in the design sense of the word. You should be pleased. 🙂

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 8:15

      Thanks, Michael. I really appreciate the kind words.

  • Barton Myers Sep 26, 2011 @ 7:32

    This looks great, Kevin! Congrats.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 7:38

      Thanks, Barton. I included your name as someone who may be interested in using the book in your class.

      • Barton Myers Sep 26, 2011 @ 8:44

        Absolutely. You can count on it.

  • Arleigh Birchler Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:54

    Nice cover. Thanks for sharing. My housemate wrote a number of romance novels. She really wanted to get them published. She had one that got to the point of having a cover design. Then she got to read the changes the editors had made. She pulled her book. She is a stickler for spelling and grammar. The editors had turned the book into something written by a 13 year old. I am sure this will not happen with your book.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 7:10

      Thanks for sharing, Arleigh.

  • David Silkenat Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:42

    The cover looks beautiful! Congrats, Kevin!

  • John Cummings Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:33

    A long time in coming. I know you are pleased. I look forward to adding it to my collection.

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:37

      Thanks, John.

  • Emmanuel Dabney Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:31

    Getting pumped up, months ahead of schedule!

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:38

      Thanks, Emmanuel. I am hoping that the photo of you arrives today from PPI.

  • Paul Taylor Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:14

    Kevin – Congratulations! The cover is striking and nicely done. I’m looking forward to it!

    Best Wishes,

    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:17

      Thanks, Paul.

  • Ed Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:12

    Nice cover. Overall I like it, but I don’t see anyone dead, which I would expect given the subtitle. Is this some type of political correctness?

    I’m looking forward to reading it. Congratulations.


    • Kevin Levin Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:17

      Plenty of dead people in the book, Ed. 🙂

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