The Civil War

( 16 )

Overview

Infinitely readable and absorbing, Bruce Catton’s The Civil War is one of the most widely read general histories of the war available in a single volume.
 

Introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the North and the South to the final surrender of Confederate troops. Catton's account of ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$12.30
BN.com price
(Save 27%)$16.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (69) from $2.39   
  • New (13) from $2.52   
  • Used (56) from $2.39   
Sending request ...

Overview

Infinitely readable and absorbing, Bruce Catton’s The Civil War is one of the most widely read general histories of the war available in a single volume.
 

Introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the North and the South to the final surrender of Confederate troops. Catton's account of battles is a must-read for anyone interested in the war that divided America, carefully weaving details about the political activities of the Union and Confederate armies and diplomatic efforts overseas.

"The text itself is everything we have come to expect....scholarly, judicious, clear and unfailingly interesting."--New York Times.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Everything we have come to expect from Catton: scholarly, judicious, clear and unfailingly interesting." The New York Times
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618001873
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/14/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 200,983
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

I A house divided 6
II The opening guns 22
III The clash of amateur armies 36
IV Real warfare begins 52
V The navies 68
VI Confederate high-water mark 84
VII A search for allies 98
VIII Stalemate, east and west 110
IX The South's last opportunity 126
X The armies 142
XI Two economies at war 156
XII The destruction of slavery 172
XIII The northern vise tightens 186
XIV The politics of war 202
XV Total warfare 218
XVI The forlorn hope 232
XVII Victory 246
XVIII End and beginning 262
XIX Sound of distant drums 276
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 16 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(5)

2 Star

(4)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 16 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    Great Intro to Catton

    Bruce Catton is still the best writer on the Civil War. His use of language is witty, subtle, and leaves a lasting impression. This book was originally the narrative to accompany the pictures in the gigantic American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War. I got that book at age 12 in 1962, and my son still has it - it got me completely hooked on Catton. Because that book's focus was the pictures, the text is a somewhat superficial treatment of the war. However, Catton still manages to deliver a high-level, remarkably penetrating, and thorough perspective on the causes and effects of the war on the nation, including the political, social, and economic factors as well as the military campaigns. I recently bought the audio book version of this narrative, and found the verbal pictures it created of the scope and sweep of the war to be far more absorbing than the slide show and anecdotal perspective of Ken Burns' Civil War. Get this, in written or audio book form, and get hooked on Catton. Then read his Army of the Potomac trilogy: Mr. Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, and A Stillness at Appomatox. Also read his Civil War trilogy: The Coming Fury, Terrible Swift Sword, and Never Call Retreat. You'll come to appreciate why he is the greatest of the Civil War historians, and that's no mean feat considering that Shelby Foote is part of the competition.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    A Very Good Read

    I thought that this book written by Bruce Catton is an excellent book for people who are looking to brush up on thier Civil War knowledge. The book does not delve into tremendous detail, (if you are looking for a book that does i recommend the 3 volume series by Shelby Foote) but it does cover interesting factors. All in all a very good read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

    Pretty Good

    Bruce Catton does a fantastic job a making sure there is a balance between facts about each aspect of The Civil War. The book follows the timeline of the war and gives you insight into the troops, the generals, troubles faced by leaders, living conditions, the economy, and the outcome. This is a great book for anyone who is looking to learn more about a dark and sad moment in American History.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Fast-Moving Overview of the US Civil War

    Bruce Catton, the author, traces the origins, actions, and outcomes of America's bloodiest conflict. Although the book describes the significant campaigns and some battles of the war, it is both a political and a military history. For an outstanding and detailed military history of the conflict, read Shelby Foote's three-volume Civil War series. In the 1971 edition which I read, I was struck by the very preachy tone of the first few pages, which reminded me of a jingoistic public school history book - self-righteous, non-critical, and unreferenced. (The book contains no bibliography. And the publisher is American Heritage Press.) But that's why modern states freely support universal primary education - to instill nationalism into its citizens. Catton, I would say, does a good job of this. All Americans are heroes in this book. Despite these obvious drawbacks, Catton's book is engagingly written and covers all the salient aspects of the conflict. In addition, he includes a biographical reference of all the major actors in the war. With its numerous drawings, photos, and maps and its fine writing, Catton keeps the reader engaged and yearning for more. Overall, I quite enjoyed reading Catton's popular history book. Just get past the first few pages and don't expect any bibliographic references.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    This book is OK. It is a VERY quick overview of the war and the

    This book is OK. It is a VERY quick overview of the war and the events preceding it. Its certainly not the most in depth civil war book, but I suppose that is hard to do in 400 pages. Its a good read if you want a summary. 

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 16 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)