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From the Publisher
"With the 150th anniversary of the conflict underway, editors Arnold and Wiener have put together a handy resource that takes a manifold approach, combining an A–Z encyclopedia format with 20 lengthy, illustrative primary documents; an extensive chronology; and a handful of significant essays that tackle the causality and consequences of the Civil War. . . . Sources such as this will be indispensible to collections supporting middle and high-school curriculums."
"Libraries that need single-volume Civil War ready reference or report material will appreciate this work. It combines opening essays featuring analysis of the war's causes, consequences, and historical controversies; 100 encyclopedia entries; a selection of primary-source readings; and a highly detailed time line. The clearly written analytical essays place aspects of the war into context, and authors discuss opposing viewpoints and competing historical theories, but blame slavery and its defenders for the conflict."
School Library Journal
"Commemorating the 150th-year anniversary of the Civil War's beginning, editors Arnold and Wiener have compiled an inexpensive volume that covers the major military figures, battles, and panoply of war, along with the social and political forces that led to the conflict. . . . Recommended."
"In the Civil War domain of reference it is a very fine work built upon the solid writing and work of 37 scholars, of whom about one-third are independent. The publisher was smart to secure esteemed historian Steven E. Woodworth as a lead writer. His essay contributions include valuable treatments on an Overview of the ACW, Causes of the ACW, Consequences of the ACW, and Leadership in the ACW."
The Civil War Gazette