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1861: The Civil War Awakening

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

A "different" kind of Civil War histroy, and an outstanding read

Not to be missed, and not your typical Civil War volume. Rather than focusing on detailed description of the early 1861 battles (although the surrender of Fort Sumter is given extensive coverage), this book is at its best when describing little known events and characte...
Not to be missed, and not your typical Civil War volume. Rather than focusing on detailed description of the early 1861 battles (although the surrender of Fort Sumter is given extensive coverage), this book is at its best when describing little known events and characters, and always in sparkling, descriptive prose. For example, a section on Elmer Ellsworth (one of the first conspicuous casualties of the war) and his fighting "Zouaves" is absolutely riveting and very entertaining.

I predict glowing critical reviews of this one, and indeed, Kirkus Reviews has already given it a starred rave. Highly recommended for Civil War fans and lovers of great writing.

posted by lrtbooks on April 1, 2011

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This book should be named "1861 in New York"

I was very disappointed after reading this book. It the type of book that after the 100th page it gets very "One sided" The book is all about what went on in the Northern States, and nothing else. Not what i had hoped to read :( In short a very disappointing read. :(

posted by lucas21181 on March 17, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Civil War fan?

    If you are then get this book. A nice fresh perspective on this time period.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    A good read if you like drama and detail

    I'm a Civil War aficionado (but not typically a non fiction reader), so when I heard about this book, I was REALLY excited. It did not disappoint!!

    The attention to detail is superb, and there are many things in the book that I was completely unaware of (like how beards were considered to be for the less fortunate until there was a movement towards "manliness").

    The author did a really good job of making you feel like you were living through the moments as they happened. I really like this book. I can't wait for 1862.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Not exactly what I expected...This book was good but I feel like

    Not exactly what I expected...This book was good but I feel like it was filled with a lot of unnecessary information, which honestly bored me. It's not so much a chronicle of the early parts of the war as it is a chronicle of different people's lives in the 1860s. Some chapter were exceptional; some were long and irrelevant, in my opinion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    If you thought you knew all there was to know...

    Highly readable; as much a cultural history as a political one. Our book group was amazed at the information we'd never learned in HS/College history class.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    a great book...one of the best in recent memory

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Good Reading

    Read material that is not mentioned ln most books. Will get slow at times but stop and put yourself back to those times and the options these people had, then the reader will be again very interested. Hope there will be a 1862 book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Excellent

    Great read of great stories.

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