Donald J. Green
After a career in advertising, Green decided to pursue his lifelong interest in American history. In 2005, at age 65, he received a master's degree from the University of South Florida and joined the faculty at Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City campus. In June, Green published Third-Party Matters: Politics, Presidents, and Third Parties in American History. He will be a featured author at the Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 23.
What's on your nightstand?
Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy by Ethan S. Rafuse, and The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War by Donald Stoker.
Have you learned anything surprising?
In Rafuse's book, I learned how Lee, even after victories, would come out disheartened. Even when he won battles like Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, he realized how hard it would be to win the war. He knew the Northern army would always be able to come back, and that the South had a finite supply of white men, and he knew he could not replace them.
What did you learn from The Grand Design?
It's on how Lincoln uses his side's superiority in number of men and material to defeat the South, and it's about Lincoln finding a general to implement his strategy. (Stoker) feels that (Jefferson) Davis, on the other side, was inept, a control freak, and that the war was much too complicated for any one man to run it.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer