RICHMOND - While conducting research for his many books, Charles Bracelen Flood has labored in some of the world's greatest depositories of knowledge, but his favorite haunt is as close to his home as it is to his heart: Eastern Kentucky University's Crabbe Library.
There the Richmond author has performed most of his research the past 34 years, including the work leading up to his latest celebrated book, "1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History," published by Simon & Schuster and now available in area and online bookstores.
"In relation to its mission, the EKU Library is the best library in which I've ever worked," Flood said.
"Lincoln at the Gates of History," which chronicles the Kentucky-born icon's role in one of the most pivotal years in American history, has earned favorable reviews from numerous sources.
Writing in The New York Times, Janet Maslin said Flood "brings a ready assurance to describing the major external events of 1864. He writes knowledgeably yet intimately, and with a vigorous sense of what it must have been like to experience such serial crises each day."