The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 58, No. 4 (Nov., 1992)
- Peter J. Parish
James M. McPherson's preeminent position among the Civil War historians of his generation is surely beyond challenge. His authority has been established by magisterial works of synthesis characterized by exceptional skill in marshaling vast quantities of factual information. His new book demonstrates that he has equal virtuosity as an essayist. Although his style is seldom epigrammatic, his prose is muscular, direct, and uncluttered.