The Civil War: An Illustrated History

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This special edition featuring a new preface by Ken Burns is interwoven with more than 500 illustrations: rare Civil War photographs as well as paintings, lithographs, and maps in full color. There are essays by Don E. Fehrenbacher, Barbara J. Fields, James M. McPherson, and C. Vann Woodward, and an interview with Shelby Foote by Ken Burns.

The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series. The ...

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Civil War: The Complete Text of the Bestselling Narrative History of the Civil War--Based on the Celebrated PBS Television Series

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Overview

This special edition featuring a new preface by Ken Burns is interwoven with more than 500 illustrations: rare Civil War photographs as well as paintings, lithographs, and maps in full color. There are essays by Don E. Fehrenbacher, Barbara J. Fields, James M. McPherson, and C. Vann Woodward, and an interview with Shelby Foote by Ken Burns.

The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series. The illustrated edition interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through that cataclysmic trail of our nationhood, from Abraham Lincoln to ordinary foot soldiers. Includes essays by distinguished historians of the era.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Companion volume to a forthcoming PBS series, this is an extraordinary collection of photos, engravings and paintings, many published for the first time, conveying military and political events of the Civil War, accompanied by a pungent text that avoids sentimentality in depicting "the most horrible, necessary, intimate, acrimonious, mean-spirited, and heroic'' war in our history. Typical illustrations include a photo of a pile of amputated feet, four pages of clinical portraits of maimed soldiers, photos of nurses at work in hospitals and rare studio portraits of slaves among some 500 illustrations which, in combination with the text, present a memorable record of the War Between the States. The book, assembled by Ward, author of A First Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, and historians Ken and Ric Burns, also includes original essays by distinguished historians James M. McPherson and C. Vann Woodward among others, and an edifying interview with historian Shelby Foote. BOMC main selection. Sept.
Library Journal
Filled with vignettes of generals, soldiers, and women on the home front, and spiced by personal accounts of battles and camp life, this book presents the war as the central defining event of American history and of the lives of those Americans caught up in it. In four separate, additional essays, professional historians briefly discuss the causes of the war, emancipation, the politics of the war, and its long-term meaning. Ward's running narrative will cause scholars to wince at his occasional hyperbole, but readers will thrill to his brisk prose, ironic sense, and eye for detail--and to the 500+ photographs studding the volume some startling, several never before published. Intended as the companion to a nine-part PBS-TV series on the Civil War, this compelling work should command its own large audience. No book can fully capture the intensity of the war, but this volume approaches it. Highly recommended for public and college libraries. BOMC main selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/90.--Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
School Library Journal
YA-- A glowing companion volume to the celebrated PBS television series that is informative and poignant. After exhausting research in museums, libraries, and newspapers, 475 images were selected to show readers what people, places, and events looked like during this crisis that shook the foundation of American civilization. The text that accompanies these illustrations is often the voices of the men and women who lived it. Extensive use of diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts bring the world of the 1860s to life. Five Civil War historians provide essays that add a third dimension to this fascinating work. A selected bibliography that includes some of the most noted works on the Civil War and a complete index are included. The book can be used as a companion to the PBS series or as a valuable resource on its own. It should be included in all Civil War collections.--Dolores M. Steinhauer, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria, VA
From the Publisher
"An absorbing experience... A fine work of scholarship."- Boston Globe

"Succeeds in evoking both the grandeur of the war and its basic humanity."- Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394562858
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,283,302
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey C. Ward is the author of eleven books, including A First-Class Temperament, which won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 1990 Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians. He has written or co-written many documentary films, including The Civil War, Baseball, The West, Thomas Jefferson, Not for Ourselves Alone, and Jazz. He lives in New York City.

Ken Burns, founder of Florentine Films, is a director, producer, and writer who has been making documentaries for more than twenty years. His landmark film The Civil War was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television, and his work has won numerous prizes, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Crossroads of Our Being 1
Ch. 1 1861: A House Divided 84
Why the War Came 88
Ch. 2 1862: Forever Free 178
Who Freed the Slaves? 182
Ch. 3 1863: The Universe of Battle 264
Men at War: An interview with Shelby Foote 275
Ch. 4 1864: Most Hallowed Ground 350
War and Politics 355
Ch. 5 1865: The Better Angels of Our Nature 398
What the War Made Us 418
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index
Photographic Credits
Film Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    GOOD Book for the subject dear to my heart

    I feel this book was misrepresented on the review purchase page. Where are all the photographs and maps which were refered to. That was a major selling point which infuenced my purchase, I certainly feel cheated with this purchase. I love my Nook but occassionally we are getting Took!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book is amazing. It is comprehensive and well written. The photos enhance the subject matter. I have read other texts which have been interesting, yet harder to go through. This textbook covers the subject matter in a commendable manner. The material is enhanced by actual individual accounts of the war. The read was fast-paced, I could not put the book down. I definitely would highly recommend this text to all interested in the history of the Civil War.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Do Not Buy

    This book does not work. You only can get to page #3. Barnes&Noble provides suggestion to fix that do not work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Still can't get past page 3

    First post about this issue was August 2 - it is now August 17th and it still doesn't work -what's up with this B&N?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Best Book on the Civil War to Date

    The Civil War from the perspective of those who fought it. One of the most interesting history books of all times. Wonderfully illustrated. A must-have for the Civil War buff.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    A MUST HAVE

    This book was easy to read and in sensible order. Not a lot of confusing descriptions of troop movements and numbers. The pictures are very crisp and animations were smooth. It also has a lot of information on lesser known "common" soldiers and nurses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Great Book

    Very interesting book. Good read and the pictures help you connect with the actual people of the time. I also was unable to scroll past page 3. There seems to be a glitch in the program at that point. But all you have to do is pull up the bar at the bottom of the page and type in go to page 4 or whatever page you want. The program will take you to that page and you will be able to scroll forward from there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2010

    Love this!!

    Am a Civil War nut and this book is always great to have around

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    quite informative

    This book serves as the text boook for my schools Civil War class, the book has a lot of information on the diffrent aspects of the war and has a ton of pictures of the war and the people of the war. Plus the way the book is set up makes it easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    A war that divided a nation.

    If you have any sort of interest in the Civil War at all then this is the book to gain all knowledge about this brutal war. Its beautiful photos really make you feel as if you are actually there yourself and give full details of just what the environments, uniforms and conditions soldiers faced. When I first started this book it began right about the time John Brown lead his attack on Harpers Ferry. From there it goes into a chapter that starts right about at 1861 called A House Divided. This chapter gives you the details of how the war was started and why it started in full detail and very historically accurate. This part of the book though is probably the slowest part of the book though from here on out you will be reading about the battles that took place in the war. But don¿t think that the only thing this book talks about is the battles. It talks about everything that went on with the civilians outside of the war and the politics of the war including, how the war was fought financially, Generals strategies and personalities, and a few other things that had to do with the war. Most of this book I seen through a narrator that is giving out the information but a few times in the story the narrator puts you in the shoes of a general by taking his personal quotes or thoughts about the certain situation. But aside from that you will be receiving all this from the author Geoffrey Ward. Geoffrey Ward does do a good job at making this suspenseful at times but most of the time he is just trying to tell you information. Aside from all the great writing and historic information this book and the historic accuracy of it the real thing you will love this book for is the many pictures. At the beginning of the book you will open up to few pictures of famous generals like Grant and Lee, and from then on almost every picture ever taken from the war is recorded in this book. I gave this book a perfect 5. It is sometimes unorganized but that is probably the only thing wrong with this book. The pictures are beautiful and there is plenty of information to keep you busy. It took me 2 weeks to finish this book front to back but you could just easily skip around and just read different chapters if you please since we all know the climax to the civil war anyways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    great!

    This is a Great civil war book.. It has a good lay out that even 5th graders can understand.. I have read it word for word..it took all summer but it was worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    best civil war book

    This is a really really good book. i read mostly all of it it took me a while but it has detail, it shows you what the war was like i reccomend it for all ages and all levels of civil war knowladge

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2001

    Great Information

    The way the book is laid out is great. It has a lot of detailed information. There are a lot of really great pictures and illustrations. I love the brown/tin-type photos in real color rather than basic black and white. I highly recommend this book for any history lover, especially an avid Civil War buff like myself!

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