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ISBN:1594630917
Author: Charlie Schroeder
ISBN13: 978-1594630910
Title: Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment
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Language: English
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Publisher: Hudson Street Press; First Edition edition (May 24, 2012)
Pages: 288

Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment by Charlie Schroeder



Embedding with his fellow countrymen, Charlie Schroeder jumps headlong into the idiosyncratic world of historical reenactment.

Along the way, he illuminates just how much the past can teach us about the present. ISBN 13: 978-1-101-58571-9.

his delightful tour of the world of historical reenactments. Schroeder, a Los Angeles-based writer and actor, got into reenacting because he longed for history. He grew up in an 18th-century log cabin in Mennonite country, where history abounded, but he didn’t notice it. In . though, where history lasts about 12 seconds, he started to miss the past. In one memorable instance, Schroeder meets a man who became a Viking reenactor because of a phone book. While in Iceland, the man was intrigued when he found that everyone was listed by his or her given name, not by surname. One thing led to another and he ended up becoming a Viking, Schroeder writes. Sadly, Schroeder fails to elaborate. Most of the reenactors were happy to let Schroeder tag along.

Opening Man Of War with his World War II experience roleplaying a Nazi fighter in the Colorado Springs area, Schroeder establishes a template he reuses throughout the book: an introductory excerpt from the heart of his visit, maximizing initial bewilderment and odd details for comic effect, followed by a flashback introducing this particular subculture’s participants, then a return to the action for a relatively straight-faced recap. Intrigued after meeting a cross-section of historical re-enacters at Old Fort MacArthur Days, actor/NPR contributor Charlie Schroeder committed to a year embedded with various groups.

Man of War is an unexpected treat! I was enamored of Charlie Schroeder's travelogue through the subculture of reenactment and fascinated by his modern take on ancient warfare. Who knew the proper buttons were so important?) They say war is Hell, yet this book is a heck of a lot of fu. -Jen Lancaster, bestsellling author of Jeneration X. "Charlie Schroeder has produced a rollicking good ride in this compulsively scintillating book. From first page to last, it is an often surprising delight. -Jay Winik, bestselling author of April 1865. A hilarious romp through. Overall, "Man of War" is an entertaining and informative look at the world of re-enactors. Just be prepared to wince at Schroeder's frat-boy delivery, from time to time.

September 14, 2016 admin. By Charlie Schroeder. Confederates within the Attic meets The yr of residing Biblically in a humorous and unique memoir. In Arkansas, there's a full-scale Roman citadel with catapults and ramparts. In Colorado, approximately 100 males don Nazi uniforms to struggle the conflict of Stalingrad. at the St. Lawrence River, a bunch of devoted historical past buffs row extra slowly than they could walk-along with writer Charlie Schroeder, who's sweating profusely and cursing the day he bought a publication deal

A rollicking good ride. -Jay Winik, bestselling author of April 1865 It's the middle of a heat wave, and Charlie Schroeder is dressed in heavy clothing and struggling to row a replica eighteenth-century bateau down the St. Lawrence River.

Embedding with his fellow countrymen, Charlie Schroeder jumps headlong into the idiosyncratic world of historical reenactment. From publisher description.

Man of War" author Charlie Schroeder became, among other things, a soldier of Rome, fighting the Celts from a wooden fort in north-central Arkansas. As an actor who loved experimental theater, and a transplant to Los Angeles where life centers on the here-and-now or the next big deal, Charlie Schroeder might seem about the least likely guy to guide a reader through the rigid, arcane world of historical re-enactment  . Man of War. My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment.

Charlie has written a book about his gallant adventures called, Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment. He discussed at length the creative process for putting something like this together. Check out an excerpt from the book here. Theme music: Invisible Walls by Revolution Void Break music: An Other Side by Xenyka.

Confederates in the Attic meets The Year of Living Biblically in a funny and original memoir In Arkansas, there is a full-scale Roman fort with catapults and ramparts. In Colorado, nearly a hundred men don Nazi uniforms to fight the battle of Stalingrad. On the St. Lawrence River, a group of dedicated history buffs row more slowly than they can walk—along with author Charlie Schroeder, who is sweating profusely and cursing the day he got a book deal. Taking readers on a figurative trip through time and a literal journey across America, Man of War details an ordinary guy's attempt to relearn history by experiencing it. Embedding with his fellow countrymen, Charlie Schroeder jumps headlong into the idiosyncratic world of historical reenactment. From encounters with wildlife and frostbite to learning more than he ever expected about guns, ammo, and buttons, Schroeder takes readers to the front lines of bloodless battles in order to show exactly how much the past has to teach us all about our present (and explain why anyone would choose to wear wool in a heat wave).
Reviews: 7
Brightfury
Kudos for Charlie Schroeder discovering his "inner history nerd" and igniting a desire within himself to learn about a past that he dismissed during his school years. The author's journey from ignorant to learning is impressive and speaks to the potential everyone has to discover new joys of learning whatever one's age.

Unfortunately, Schroeder is a very uneven writer. The good parts of the book are the author's immersions with various historical reenactor groups and the people he meets who portray everyone from Romans and Vikings to American soldiers from our wars up to and including the Vietnam era. He does the technical aspects of reenacting well and gives as good a view for an outsider of what it is like for a newbee (first time reenactor) to join in a weekend's worth of marching, camping and faux-fighting as he and his comrades imagine themselves at places as diverse as Stalingrad, a Roman Fort, Civil War battlefield and a US Vietnam era firebase.

The parts that felt forced or flat for me were the author's side remarks. He has a tendency to slip into sophmoric comments and for me these interfered with the flow of the book. Injecting humor and funny asides in "real-life" books can be done well and is by the likes of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz. Schroeder's efforts seem more to be a reflexive jump back to his inner seventeen year old rather than the humor one finds from a mature wit.

There are many interesting parts of the book. His description of his weekend spent rowing as a bateaux-man with a crew reenacting a French and Indian War era barge movement and the physical toll that entails shows the breadth of difficulty of some reenacting experiences. It was amusing to read that the person who can be described as the American most focused on keeping alive the memory of the Polish Winged Hussars is the former bassist for W.A.S.P., the heavy metal band (though dressing up as winged-calvary is not too far a stretch perhaps for the regalia that attended 1980's and 1990's metal men). The author, who spent a year immersing himself with various groups, decided at the end to create his own reenactment and went on a twenty mile journey recreating a stretch of Father Junipero Serra's walk between Spanish missions. That does speak to a man who has been converted to a love of history and it was nice to read of his new commitment to learning from whence we came.

This book will be undoubtedly compared to Tony Horwitz's "Confederates in the Attic" as they plow much of the same ground, although Horwitz if memory serves me correctly didn't actually get on the ground and reenact in his coverage of the topic which dealt more with the memory of the Civil War in the South. Schroeder's book doesn't draw the conclusions or achieve an overarching theme as "Confederates in the Attic" did. Rather, it is a journal of his experiences. No fault there, I just wish he had a more mature style of writing.
Lailace
This isn't a bad book. It's not exactly a good book, either. What it is, is available, one of the few books offering a reasonably objective look at the re-enacting hobby.

When he's chronicling his adventures re-enacting history, Schroeder delivers solid, if undistinguished, journalism. I picked up the book after visiting a Civil War re-enactment in California, curious as to what sort of adults would scamper around outdoors in costume playing with faux firearms. "Man of War" satisfied my curiosity.

Schroeder himself remains something of a cipher. Presumably, his narrative is intended as a picaresque journey of self-discovery for a young man ignorant of both his nation's history and a good deal of its contemporary culture. Yet all we really learn about the author is that he can't resist taking cheap shots at people whose politics don't align with conventional liberal canards.

These observations are rarely enlightening or amusing. Instead, they're oddly half-hearted, as though Schroeder feels a rote obligation to ridicule any segment of society that lies beyond his elite East Coast pale. Maybe he isn't very funny (or perhaps he's worried that the IRS will audit his taxes, and the FBI will intercept his e-mails).

Overall, "Man of War" is an entertaining and informative look at the world of re-enactors. Just be prepared to wince at Schroeder's frat-boy delivery, from time to time.
Uaha
Have you ever wondered just who the people who reenact battles form past wars are, and why they do their strenuous hobby? Here is the way to find out without actually trying it yourself. Some of the length re-enactors go to, such as building a fortress, purchasing and making completely period correct uniforms, and sleeping in tents on old battle grounds, are shown. As are the sometimes less than enthusiastic reactions of uninvolved neighbors in their areas. However, the only way to really understand what it was like for those long ago soldiers is to march in their boots, and this he tries to do with the help of the regular re-enactors.

Charlie Schroeder does tend to be a bit cynical condescending in some of his descriptions of events, even when he is the main character. It is fitting that when he sets up his own reenactment, that of a traveling padre of the Spanish Colonial era in the South West, the result is a farce. But, at least, he tried.
Vozilkree
This book was mildly entertaining because my son had participated in a reenactment and I was curious. I had no idea there were people who reenacted all periods of history. Funny at times, but not enough to keep me interested.
Mr.Death
A great book for reenactors and those who love them (or try to). Shows them what they're missing in not acting out in other wars. Informative and entertaining -- in fact, hilarious. Bought the book because a friend of mine, Al Potyen, is mentioned in the book on page 144 as a Revolutionary War weapons expert. In fact, Al is a bit like the author in that he's involved in reenacting a number of eras and that he's been on the screen several times, eg. standing tall in a Waterloo movie and getting killed in "The Last of the Mohicans." But, back to the book -- the author finds a way to make every page very interesting, whether it's a historical information gem, a psychological insight into reenactors, or just a ROFL joke. You'll not be disappointed. Very well written. Buy the book and enjoy!
Samugor
Very interesting and delightful read!
Lightseeker
The author enters a world few of us ever see: historical reenactment. Not only that, he avoids the "mainstream" reenactment such as Revolutionary or Civil Wars and goes to Vietnam War, Roman battles and siege of Stalingrad. He doesn't stand aside and laugh at the reenactors, he takes part and does his best to understand them. His sense of humor serves him and the reader well.