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This book is a well-written one-volume history of the events and issues leading up to the war, as well as a chronology of the war's campaigns and the changes to the political and social fabric of the country. It is broad in scope, but complete without getting bogged down in too much detail about any one aspect of the war and its times. I found McPherson's historical conclusions sound and well-documented. For someone wanting to learn about the Civil War and its impact on our country, this is a good place to start. For those who have read other authors' accounts, I think you will find this a well-documented and complete history.
Review: Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States #6)User Review - Evelyn - Goodreads
After dawdling on reading this book for over a year, I finally finished it over my most recent vacation. It's amazing how much time you have when you're visiting relatives who don't trust you to do ... Read full review
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Exceptional book about the war and about Lincoln. It's easy to miss how close the North came to loosing; they lost about 100,000 more troops than the South. I was also fascinated to learn having grown ... Read full review
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Comprehensive, concise and well written, “Battle Cry of Freedom” digs deeply into the politics, economics and social attitudes leading up to the Civil War as well as giving a blow by blow accounting ... Read full review