The Civil War

The Civil War

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Overview

Infinitely readable and absorbing, Bruce Catton’s The Civil War is one of the most widely read general histories of the war available in a single volume.
 

Introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the North and the South to the final surrender of Confederate troops. Catton's account of battles is a must-read for anyone interested in the war that divided America, carefully weaving details about the political activities of the Union and Confederate armies and diplomatic efforts overseas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618001873
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 12/14/2004
Series: American Heritage Books
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 454,307
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author


Bruce Catton (1899-1978) was a senior editor of American Heritage magazine and won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1954 for A Stillness at Appomattox.

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The Civil War 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Catton is still the best writer on the Civil War. His use of language is witty, subtle, and leaves a lasting impression. This book was originally the narrative to accompany the pictures in the gigantic American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War. I got that book at age 12 in 1962, and my son still has it - it got me completely hooked on Catton. Because that book's focus was the pictures, the text is a somewhat superficial treatment of the war. However, Catton still manages to deliver a high-level, remarkably penetrating, and thorough perspective on the causes and effects of the war on the nation, including the political, social, and economic factors as well as the military campaigns. I recently bought the audio book version of this narrative, and found the verbal pictures it created of the scope and sweep of the war to be far more absorbing than the slide show and anecdotal perspective of Ken Burns' Civil War. Get this, in written or audio book form, and get hooked on Catton. Then read his Army of the Potomac trilogy: Mr. Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, and A Stillness at Appomatox. Also read his Civil War trilogy: The Coming Fury, Terrible Swift Sword, and Never Call Retreat. You'll come to appreciate why he is the greatest of the Civil War historians, and that's no mean feat considering that Shelby Foote is part of the competition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book written by Bruce Catton is an excellent book for people who are looking to brush up on thier Civil War knowledge. The book does not delve into tremendous detail, (if you are looking for a book that does i recommend the 3 volume series by Shelby Foote) but it does cover interesting factors. All in all a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bruce Catton does a fantastic job a making sure there is a balance between facts about each aspect of The Civil War. The book follows the timeline of the war and gives you insight into the troops, the generals, troubles faced by leaders, living conditions, the economy, and the outcome. This is a great book for anyone who is looking to learn more about a dark and sad moment in American History.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce Catton, the author, traces the origins, actions, and outcomes of America's bloodiest conflict. Although the book describes the significant campaigns and some battles of the war, it is both a political and a military history. For an outstanding and detailed military history of the conflict, read Shelby Foote's three-volume Civil War series. In the 1971 edition which I read, I was struck by the very preachy tone of the first few pages, which reminded me of a jingoistic public school history book - self-righteous, non-critical, and unreferenced. (The book contains no bibliography. And the publisher is American Heritage Press.) But that's why modern states freely support universal primary education - to instill nationalism into its citizens. Catton, I would say, does a good job of this. All Americans are heroes in this book. Despite these obvious drawbacks, Catton's book is engagingly written and covers all the salient aspects of the conflict. In addition, he includes a biographical reference of all the major actors in the war. With its numerous drawings, photos, and maps and its fine writing, Catton keeps the reader engaged and yearning for more. Overall, I quite enjoyed reading Catton's popular history book. Just get past the first few pages and don't expect any bibliographic references.
RobertP on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best history out there on the Army of the Potomac. It is a literate and wide-ranging look at the history of that Army. It also pulls few punches. More than most Civil War history, it drifts into the social and political realms, vice the purely military.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is OK. It is a VERY quick overview of the war and the events preceding it. Its certainly not the most in depth civil war book, but I suppose that is hard to do in 400 pages. Its a good read if you want a summary. 
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