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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up
Lanning presents his list of battles, people, and events according to their influence on the outcome of the war and the future of the country, and not their contemporary prominence or importance. After a brief note to explain his approach, he begins with the battle of Antietam. Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant are second and third, followed by the battle of Gettysburg, and Robert E. Lee. The list continues with its roster of military men (no women); military campaigns; documents, such as the Emancipation Proclamation; places; and specific subjects such as weapons technology, war correspondents, and draft riots. Uncle Tom's Cabin is ranked at 49th in influence. Unique listings include music and "Presidents of the Future." At number 100 is Palmito Ranch, May 12-13, 1865, for no other reason than because it was the last battle of the war. The entries are three to four pages in length and often include a map or photograph of the subject. The cross-referencing is excellent. There are no citations in the text but a lengthy bibliography is included. This volume will entice casual readers and researchers alike.
—Patricia Ann OwensCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.