The American Heritage New History of The Civil War

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's unsurpassed narrative, evoking the sweep and drama of a nation at war, provides the basis for The American Heritage New History of the Civil War, which includes more than 800 important contemporary photographs and sketches and magnificent paintings. The Civil War's battles and campaigns are painstakingly illustrated in three-dimensional maps that guide the reader through the four years of the struggle. With illustrations that range from photographs by Mathew Brady and ...
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Overview

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's unsurpassed narrative, evoking the sweep and drama of a nation at war, provides the basis for The American Heritage New History of the Civil War, which includes more than 800 important contemporary photographs and sketches and magnificent paintings. The Civil War's battles and campaigns are painstakingly illustrated in three-dimensional maps that guide the reader through the four years of the struggle. With illustrations that range from photographs by Mathew Brady and sketches by soldiers at the front, to famous paintings by Winslow Homer, the book boasts an extraordinary breadth of pictures and artifacts culled from across the nation. This richly textured tapestry is made complete by the words of men and women who actually witnessed the events. From the journal entry of a Confederate soldier departing for battle and the letter an African-American soldier scrawled on the back of his wife's letter to him, to some of the best-known documents written in the very hand of Abraham Lincoln, each page of this book allows the participants to speak for themselves.
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Library Journal
The 100,000-copy first printing of a newly revised classic doesn't sound so grand when you realize that the original has sold four million copies. Edited and with an introduction by James McPherson.
Library Journal
With these two books, American Heritage continues its tradition of captivating historical storytelling through readable narratives and hundreds of illustrations of contemporary paintings, photographs, and maps many in color. The New History of the Civil War is a reissue of the second edition, published by Viking in 1996, which updated the highly acclaimed classic The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War (1960). Edited by McPherson (George Henry Davis Professor of American History, Princeton), it retains the style of the late Catton, known for award-winning histories that engage readers in understanding why Northerners and Southerners became passionately embroiled in America's deadliest war. What Catton did for the war generally, Symonds (history, U.S. Naval Academy) does for the Battle of Gettysburg, a monumental clash that marked the turning point of the war. Symonds focuses his narrative on the drama of battle, which lasted for three long days. Civil War aficionados and the curious will enjoy both books. Recommended for public and high school libraries, though libraries facing tight book budgets should stick with the New History of the Civil War for its panoramic coverage of the Civil War. Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State Coll. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586631987
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 630
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 A House Divided 1
Ch. 2 The Opening Guns 46
Ch. 3 Real Warfare Begins 94
Ch. 4 The Navies 152
Ch. 5 Confederate High-Water Mark 198
Ch. 6 Stalemate at Home and Abroad 240
Ch. 7 The South's Last Opportunity 274
Ch. 8 Men at Arms 332
Ch. 9 The Destruction of Slavery 374
Ch. 10 The Northern Vise Tightens 402
Ch. 11 Two Nations of War 436
Ch. 12 Total Warfare 484
Ch. 13 The Forlorn Hope 514
Ch. 14 Victory 544
Ch. 15 End and Beginning 580
Ch. 16 A Sound of Distant Drums 600
Acknowledgments and Selected Bibliography 616
Picture Credits 618
Index 621
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    A must read .

    This book contains well written and easy to read documentation of the Cival War. It contains several pages of maps and graphics to help understand what has been written. This would be a good tool for a student of any level.

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