Best civil war history books

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Must-Read Civil War Books About The Historic Era

The literature on the war is so vast you could spend a lifetime reading really good books about it. Here are six excellent ones:. Battle Cry of Freedom , by James McPherson: Widely regarded as the most authoritative one-volume history of the war. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War , by Drew Gilpin Faust: A moving examination of the ways in which the slaughter changed Americans' ideas on mortality and influenced the way they chose to remember the war. Personal Memoirs of U. Grant : it "surpasses any other military memoir of the Civl War and stands alone as the best presidential autobiography every published," says Joan Waugh, author of U. Grant: American Hero, American Myth , itself a fine biography.
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10 Best Civil War Books 2017

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The Essentials: Six Books on the Civil War

Any recommended reading list therefore has to be highly selective and at least somewhat arbitrary. The books are broken down by category; after General Histories and Lincoln, the categories are arranged alphabetically; within each category the books are arranged alphabetically by author. Brief comments by Professor McPherson on books in his list have been included. Bruce Catton. A fast-paced chronicle of the fighting on the battlefield and the infighting in the political capitals of Washington and Richmond.

Apr 15, From James McPherson's definitive history to Tony Horwitz's adventures among obsessives, here are the 11 best books on the Civil War in time.
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One great book for each month of 2011, the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States

The Civil War is cemented in history as the deadliest war fought on American soil. For four years, the Unioners of the North fought the Confederates of the South, hoping to dismantle the institution of slavery. This led to the loss of over , lives and, ultimately, the assassination of President Lincoln in Thousands of Civil War books have been written since the first shot rang out in Though no single book can attempt to cover the endless tragedies or important events that occurred over those four years, the following works add valuable new perspectives to the narrative.

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