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Best Civil War Books

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Best Civil War Books
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Battle Cry of Freedom
The Civil War Era
James M. McPherson - 2003-12-11 (first published in 1988)
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Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one ...
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The Civil War
A Narrative
Shelby Foote - 1986-11-12
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The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1 begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac. The word "narr...
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This Republic of Suffering
Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library)
Drew Gilpin Faust - 2009-01-06
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More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering , Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical le...
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The Killer Angels
The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
Michael Shaara - 1996-07-01 (first published in 1974)
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In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation's history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, fo...
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Confederates in the Attic
Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Tony Horwitz - 1999-02-22 (first published in 1998)
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When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his o...
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A Diary from Dixie
Mary Boykin Chesnut - 2011-05-03
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Mary Chesnut kept her diary from early in 1861, just before the Civil War began, to shortly after the end of the war, in 1865. Though not a day-by-day account of the conflict, the diary gives an up-close-and-personal view of this critical period in American history. Her commentary on the conversations and events of her day reveals a keen awareness ...
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Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - 2009-02-01 (first published in 2005)
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The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency.When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals. This monumental and brillian...
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Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell - 1996-06-01 (first published in 1936)
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Scarlett O'Hara, the beautiful, spoiled daughter of a well-to-do Georgia plantation owner, must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's March to the Sea....
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A Stillness at Appomattox
Bruce Catton - 1953-11-09
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When first published in 1953, Bruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction.  This final volume of The Army of the Potomac trilogy relates the final year of the Civil War....
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The Fiery Trial
Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
Eric Foner - 2011-09-26
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Selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, this landmark work gives us a definitive account of Lincoln's lifelong engagement with the nation's critical issue: American slavery. A master historian, Eric Foner draws Lincoln and the broader history of the period into perfect balance. We see Lincoln, a pragmatic politicia...
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Race and Reunion
David W. Blight - 2002-03-01
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Landscape Turned Red by Stephen W. Sears
Mr Lincoln S Army by Bruce Catton
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
Marching Home by Brian Matthew Jordan
What Was the Underground Railroad? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
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Sherman's March by Burke Davis
Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin M. Levin
My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Grant by Ron Chernow
Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne
Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears
North and South by John Jakes
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
This Hallowed Ground by Bruce Catton
Company Aytch or a Side Show of the Big Show by Sam R. Watkins
Vicksburg by Donald L. Miller
What Was the Battle of Gettysburg? by Jim O'Connor
The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 by David M. Potter
Sweet Taste of Liberty by W. Caleb McDaniel
The Confederacy's Last Hurrah by Wiley Sword
Out of the House of Bondage by Thavolia Glymph
Grierson's Raid by D. Alexander Brown
Perryville by Kenneth W. Noe
Patriots Twice by Stephen M. Hood
The Alligators of Abraham by Robert Kloss
Tempest over Texas by Donald S. Frazier
Sacrifice All for the Union by Philip Hatfield
The Cavalries in the Nashville Campaign by Dennis W. Belcher
Vicksburg Besieged by Steven E. Woodworth
General David S. Stanley, USA by Dennis W. Belcher
An Immigrant Story by Kenneth E. Burchett
A War State All Over by Ben H. Severance
Commonwealth of Compromise by Amy Laurel Fluker
For Cause and Comrades by James M. McPherson
The Life of Johnny Reb by Bell Irvin Wiley
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
Grace by Natashia Deon
Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom by William and Ellen Craft
Lincoln Reconsidered by David Donald
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Mothers of Invention by Drew Gilpin Faust
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
Passing by Nella Larsen
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
The March by E. L. Doctorow
They Fought Like Demons by De Anne Blanton
Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America by Thomas J. Brown
The Destructive War by Charles Royster
A Thousand May Fall by Brian Matthew Jordan
Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott
When Will This Cruel War Be Over? by Barry Denenberg
Radical Warrior by David Dixon
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
What Do You Do With an Idea? — New York Times best seller by Kobi Yamada
Roots by Alex Haley
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
Nobody's Boy by Hector Malot
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Lincoln by Gore Vidal
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight
What Do You Do With a Problem? — New York Times best seller by Kobi Yamada
Jubilee by Margaret Walker
I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer
Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 by W. E. Burghardt du Bois
The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
The Civil War Trilogy by Michael Shaara, Jeff Shaara
Reconstruction by Eric Foner
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
Meet Addy by Connie Porter
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter