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Along the path of history there is a blurred line where fact becomes fiction, fiction becomes myth, and myth becomes truth.
A person’s life summed up by only parts that on the surface seems tantalizing, exciting, exhilarating.
As time marches on, it seems to shave legacies to a fine point.
That was the case personally with the subject in V.P. Hughes book A Thousand Points of Truth, The History and Humanity of Col. John Singleton Mosby in Newsprint.
I was taken on a long journey into a first-hand account of just how someone’s life history, and who they were could be written and stuffed into the filing cabinet of legend, and I found myself having a change of view of someone who I thought was just the man the legend made him to be.
Having first seen the book without cracking the spine, I of course made the mistake of, you guessed it, judging the book by its cover.
At just short of 800 pages, Hughes wrote this book with a passionate “no stone left unturned” mentality intelligently pulling back the curtain on the widely accepted view on Mosby.
Newspaper articles, dating back over a century and a half along with correspondence letters maps out not only events held within personal circles, but, a changing world which humanized the myth of who Mosby was.
In all honesty, It did take me longer than my usual book reviews but, any book I walk away from feeling that not only did I learn something, but also gave me the opportunity to look upon things with new prospective, is truly worthwhile.
I would highly recommend giving this book a read.
It’s not a book to thumb through, but one to digest.
No matter what light you view John Singleton Mosby in, one would have to admit he lead an interesting life, not only during his service of the confederacy, but thereafter.
It’s hard to sometimes to see the flesh and bones behind legendary figures, the “Wild Bill Hickok” of every generation, the ones who tales and exploits are told and retold around a camp fire or kitchen table become the true life stories. V.P. Hughes presents over a century worth of legend to present just who the real John Singleton Mosby was.
Title: A Thousand Points of Truth
Author: V.P. Hughes