For Us the Living (Collector's Edition): The Civil War in Paintings and Eyewitness Accounts

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The Civil War tore the nation apart, pitting brother against brother. Marking the sesquicentennial of this epic struggle for America's soul, For Us the Living brings the crisis unforgettably to life through stunning paintings by acclaimed Civil War artist Mort Künstler and stirring text by Pulitzer Prize-nominated author James I. Robertson Jr., interwoven with eyewitness accounts. This deluxe edition, with a beautiful cloth cover stamped in gold, includes a ready-to-frame photographic print of a stunning new Mort...
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Overview

The Civil War tore the nation apart, pitting brother against brother. Marking the sesquicentennial of this epic struggle for America's soul, For Us the Living brings the crisis unforgettably to life through stunning paintings by acclaimed Civil War artist Mort Künstler and stirring text by Pulitzer Prize-nominated author James I. Robertson Jr., interwoven with eyewitness accounts. This deluxe edition, with a beautiful cloth cover stamped in gold, includes a ready-to-frame photographic print of a stunning new Mort Künstler painting inside.  
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Contemporary artist Mort Künstler has made his name by developing a style of Civil War painting that combines meticulous historical accuracy with scenes of quixotic romance, brotherhood, and bravery. This "collector's edition" of his 2010 volume presents those paintings alongside an episodic narration of the war, written in prose often as breathless as Künstler's work is dramatic. The paintings focus almost entirely on the battlefield triumphs and struggles of white soldiers, with occasional glimpses of daily life, such as a contemplative, fireside Lincoln or a Confederate major briefly at home with his doe-eyed wife. For collectors and some Civil War enthusiasts, the book offers a wondrous look at the glory of a nation in difficult times: Union and Confederate soldiers approaching one another at Appomattox with respect as "salute acknowledged salute. Honor answered honor". Quotes from soldiers and politicians pepper the book, heightening readers' sense of perceiving both the highs and lows of the conflict. While never untrue to historical fact, with minor details painstakingly researched, the version of the Civil War that Künstler provides dodges difficult questions of nationhood, race relations, and morality in order instead to celebrate an American spirit that he refuses to see as anything but exceptional. The volume includes a print ready for framing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781454901570
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Edition description: Collectors
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mort Künstler, America's premier historical artist, is renowned for his historically authentic and moving Civil War scenes. Künstler's work has been the subject of 18 books, selling more than 500,000 copies. He has exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide and received many awards.
 
James I. Robertson is the director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech. He has written more than 15 books and has received every major award given in the field of Civil War history. His biography of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
 
Harold Holzer is a leading authority on Abraham Lincoln. He has authored, co-authored, and edited 36 books, including The New York Times The Complete Civil War 1861-1865, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: The Civil War in Art, and Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President, which won a 2005 Lincoln Prize. He currently serves as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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