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Children's LiteratureIf you take a moment to consider the resources available to the opposing sides during the Civil War you might think it was a one sided affair. The North contained far more people, factories, railways, and engines of commerce than did the South. Yet, despite this apparent imbalance of resources, the Civil War raged across the land for four bloody years. Ultimately the forces of the North emerged triumphant. However, this victory by the Union was not achieved until a vast amount of suffering was exacted from the people of the nation. In The Union Victory, Anderson contributes another volume to the "World Almanac Library of the Civil War" series. This series is formatted in a way that builds upon a combination of sound scholarship, clear writing, copious illustrations, and highlighted points of interest. In this informative book Anderson traces the final two years of the Civil War. The writer touches upon Grant's terrible Overland Campaign, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the crumbling of Rebel forces. The book closes with the Confederate surrender and the tragic murder of President Abraham Lincoln. This is a book handles dramatic and important events with a fine eye for both history and for a grand story. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck