American Heritage History of the Civil War American Heritage History of the Civil War

American Heritage History of the Civil War

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Publisher Description

Here is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's unsurpassed account of the Civil War, one of the most moving chapters in American history. Introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson, the book vividly traces the epic struggle between the Blue and Gray, from the early division between the North and South to the final surrender of Confederate troops.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2015
20 August
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
344
Pages
PUBLISHER
New Word City, Inc.
SELLER
New Word City
SIZE
3.1
MB

Customer Reviews

rhitc ,

Nailed it

Authors
Both the author and the dude who wrote the intro are American, and Pulitzer Prize winning historians. Nuff said. I'm a civil war tragic, the only thing I have in common with Kim Beazley.

Summary
The American Civil War was a nasty business that went down in the mid-nineteenth century, and is still going on in some places. For the uninitiated, the conflagration was about States' rights not abolishing slavery. Yeah, right. More than 620,000 (2% of the population at the time) died in the line of duty. Cumulative American losses in foreign wars did not eclipse that number until around 1980. The number of books written about the War Between the States, as it is still called south of the Mason-Dixon line, approaches that total too, I believe. I've read 20+ of them. Most were very long and very boring.

Writing
Eminently readable and succinct, splicing the politics and the battlefield action nicely.

Bottom line
The shortest tome I've read on the subject, and probably the best too.

Footnotes
1. Lincoln, a Republican, was inaugurated as war broke out, having lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College just like @realDonaldTrump, who reckons he's got it harder than the tall guy with the chimney stack hat.
2. Actually, I'm surprised the Donald hasn't claimed he would have brokered a deal if he'd been alive at the time of the Civil War. Maybe he has.
3. I wish he had been alive back then. We wouldn't have to put up with him now.

Grandad2001 ,

Great

For a non American the battle locations are a challenge, not having a knowledge of the Country. Nevertheless the story is one for the world. It reads as though the story is contemporary and the battles just an ocean away. As always poisonous politics present before and after every upheaval. President Lincoln is the Father of modern America and most deservedly so.

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