Harry Smeltzer has a lengthy and informative interview posted with John Schmutz, author of The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History. Schmutz’ book is, in my opinion, one of the best two Crater books out of the five or so published recently, with Earl Hess’ being the other. The main gripe most people had with this book, and really any book published by McFarland, was the absolutely ridiculous asking price of $75. Anyone who was interested until they noticed the price will be happy to know that McFarland is coming out with a new Paperback version for “only” $35. That’s still a lot for a paperback, but it’s a lot more reasonable than the previous version. Amazon appears to be selling the hardcover version now for $49.95, so that may still be the better deal. In any case, if you want to learn more about the Battle of the Crater, this is a good starting point.
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