In this new book, Paul Ashdown and Edward Caudill explore the creation of the relentless Forrest myth. Scrutinizing literature, art, cinema, and popular culture over the past 150 years, the authors contend that the legend is a creation of the nation's obsession with the Civil War, and its press. This book will captivate readers with the enigma that was Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Paul Ashdown is professor of journalism and public relations and acting director of the School of Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Edward Caudill is professor of journalism as well as associate dean at the School of Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Their previous book, The Mosby Myth: A Confederate Hero in Life and Legend was a History Book Club selection.
Introduction Part I: Dreams of Glory Chapter 1: A Future Foretold Chapter 2: A River of Blood Chapter 3: The Country of the Damned Part II: Mythmakers Chapter 4: Forrest and the Press Chapter 5: Monkeys and Manifestoes Chapter 6: Hydra and Heracles Part III: No Peace in Tennessee Chapter 7: Only the Dead Can Ride Bibliography