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The Civil War For Dummies is your complete introduction to this seminal conflict. Eschewing tedious historical pondering and military micro-analysis, this fun and information-rich guide gives an accurate overview of the event, from the war’s causes through the fighting to the aftermath. Inside you’ll discover:
Full of sidebars and illustrations, The Civil War For Dummies brings history to life with personalities, factoids, battle reports, strategic maps, and “what ifs.” In addition to the military and political history, you’ll also find out about:
Written in an accessible style so you can start reading at any point in the story, The Civil War For Dummies makes a great cornerstone for learning about this violent and compelling chapter of American history.
PART I: The War and Its Causes.
Chapter 1: How Did the War Happen?
Chapter 2: The Five Steps to War: 1850-1860.
Chapter 3: Secession and War: 1860-1861.
PART II: Making War.
Chapter 4: Civil War Armies: Structure and Organization.
Chapter 5: Union and Confederate Strategy.
Chapter 6: Organizing and Training the Armies.
Chapter 7: Weapons of the Civil War.
PART III: Opening Moves, 1861-1862.
Chapter 8: Starting the War: Bull Run (First Manassas), July 1861.
Chapter 9: The Road to Shiloh, April 1862.
Chapter 10: Setbacks for the South, March-July 1862.
Chapter 11: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, March-June 1862.
Chapter 12: The Seven Days of Robert E. Lee, June-July 1862.
Chapter 13: Second Bull Run (Manassas), August 1862.
Chapter 14: The Bloodiest Day: Antietam (Sharpsburg), September 1862.
Chapter 15: Bragg Fails at Perryville.
Chapter 16: War So Terrible: Fredericksburg and Murfreesboro, December 1862.
PART IV: War to the Hilt, 1863-1865.
Chapter 17: The Battle of Chancellorsville, May 1863.
Chapter 18: The Battle of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, July 1863.
Chapter 19: The Battle of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, August-November 1863.
Chapter 20: Lee and Grant: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864.
Chapter 21: The Atlanta Campaign and a Guarantee of Union Victory, May-December 1864.
Chapter 22: The Destruction of Hood's Army in Tennessee, October 1864-January 1865.
Chapter 23: A Matter of Time: Petersburg and Appomattox, January-April 1865.
PART V: Behind the Lines.
Chapter 24: The Confederacy at War: Creating a Nation and Vying for Recognition.
Chapter 25: The Union at War: Creating a New Banking System and a Strong Economy.
Chapter 26: The Life of the Common Soldier, Women, and Other Participants.
PART VI: The Civil War Tourist.
Chapter 27: Getting Ready to Travel.
Chapter 28: Visiting a Civil War Battlefield.
PART VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 29: The Ten Worst Generals of the Civil War.
Chapter 30: The Ten Biggest "Firsts" of the Civil War.
Chapter 31: The Ten Biggest "What Ifs" of the Civil War.
Chapter 32: The Ten Best Battlefields of the Civil War.
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Posted February 10, 2010
This is the poorest excuse for a history book I've ever read. Just because it's a "For Dummies" doesn't mean that the book doesn't matter. A few observations:
I'd have been happier if the "legend" of map symbols did not say "calvary" twice, instead of "cavalry". Come on, folks, we admitted that we're dummies when we bought the book, but that doesn't mean we're idiots.
I could have done without the seemingly random uses of "he or she", "him or her". The book is populated almost exclusively by male characters, as were the armies in question. Save the clumsy PC gibberish for "Political Correctness for Dummies".
Johnson and Johnston are not the same person.
"Army of Tennessee" and "Army of the Tennessee" are not the same army.
Shifting from past tense to present tense in one set of bullet points is sub-literate.
Using the present tense to describe past events is "History Channel" moronic.
Describing a saber as curved and providing an illustration of a straight sword is not useful.
To mislocate Forts Henry and Donelson is not acceptable.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
I won't bother mentioning the grammatical errors or the general clumsiness of the writing. I also won't detail the uselessness of the maps, or the paucity and poor quality of the illustrations.
This is the first "For Dummies" that I haven't liked. Had it been my first purchase of a "For Dummies", I would never have purchased a second.
Save your money
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Posted February 21, 2010
very well written. unbiased account of the facts we should all know ....the "for dummies" series of books are the best place to start to learn more on any topic. they are easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to absorb. you don't have to be a dummy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2011
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