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UT Tyler History Professor's Work Featured in Two National Book Clubs
A book by Dr. Alexander Mendoza, assistant professor of history at The University of Texas at Tyler, will be featured in two national book clubs, Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.
Confederate Struggle for Command: General James Longstreet and the First Corps in the West, Mendoza’s first book, has been selected by the History Book Club and Military Book Club as an alternate selection for the November/December reading season.
This is the first time a university faculty member has been featured in either book club.
“For our discipline, it is a positive thing,” said Mendoza. “Obviously you want to be recognized for your work. The book clubs can be somewhat significant, in that general readers, scholars and historians determine what they want to read based on these selections and recommendations.”
The book, which will be published in September by Texas A&M University Press, discusses the personal struggles of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet and his troops as they travel from Virginia to Georgia and Tennessee during the Civil War.
“It is not so much a book dealing with battles and the pure history side of the confederate corps. It focuses more on how Longstreet deals with politics, resentment and how he deals with leadership,” Mendoza added. “He and his men also have to come to grips with internal strife. There have been books that discuss Longstreet, but nothing in this way.”
Each season, about six books are selected from both clubs, which have their own review committee consisting of editors and historical scholars, according to Mendoza.
A faculty member since 2004, Mendoza holds a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. His specializations are 19th century United States as well as Texas and military history.
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