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Publisher Description

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

The American Civil War started when eleven southern ‘slave’ states declared their independence from the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln’s Republican government were strongly against slavery and fought to abolish it and keep the country united.

The American Civil War: History in an Hour gives a concise and authoritative overview of these four years of bloody and devastating warfare to help you understand how the Civil War shaped America today and changed the history of slavery forever.

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour…


‘If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past’ Dominic Sandbrook

‘The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age’ Andrew Roberts, Bookseller

‘This is genius’ MacWorld.com

About the author

Having studied technology at Southwest Missouri State University, Kat Smutz conducted research in a variety of fields, most notably the everyday life of people in the United States during the Victorian era. Professionally, Kat has worked in law enforcement, as a teacher, and was a freelance journalist for twenty years. All of those experiences lend themselves well to her work for History an an Hour.

Jonathan Keeble
hr min
February 2
William Collins

Customer Reviews

Nicholas Look ,

Good enough

I agree with the other comment that the reader had limited knowledge of the civil war -- but I also question the legitimacy of "history in an hour" itself when they don't catch mistakes like "After the American Revolution ended in 1883...". Lame.

All that aside, it's a pretty reliable recount of the civil war. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting a quick history recap.

RhalDarken ,

Hits the main points

The purpose of this book is a quick recap for anyone wanting to know the basics
Anyone complaining that it's too quick should realise that the title says it all !!
if you want any comprehensive account of any part of history I suggest you buy a bigger book and spend more money !

terrydesigns ,


The reader obviously had limited background on the subject. His mispronunciation of names, battles and towns grew to be very irritating. I gave it two stars based only because it was a quick overview of the Civil War at a reasonable price.

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