A couple years ago Robert Collins sent me a manuscript of “The Corrupt Conqueror: The Career of General James G. Blunt.” To be frank, it was a shabby piece of work. Nothing new, and poorly written. Since then, I was told Roy Bird, was helping him edited the composition. I just finished reading Bird’s new book “Civil War Kansas,” also by Pelican, and it is without doubt the most worthless bit of Kansas history I have ever come across. I am at this very moment writing a review of “Civil War Kansas” for “North & South” magazine. The Bird book has no endnotes or index, and the Collins manuscript did not have any endnotes either. I am shocked beyond all belief that Pelican would publish such rubbish. The editor’s name is Nina Kooij. It would appear she knows nothing about the Civil War, and even less about editing. Both these works reflect poorly on Trans-Mississippi history.