Ordeal by fire: the Civil War and Reconstruction

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Knopf, Mar 12, 1982 - History - 694 pages
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Written by a leading Civil War historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, this text describes the social, economic, political, and ideological conflicts that led to a unique, tragic, and transitional event in American history. The third edition incorporates recent scholarship and addresses renewed areas of interest in the Civil War/Reconstruction era including the motivations and experiences of common soldiers and the role of women in the war effort.

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Review: Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction

User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

As part of our Humanties series this fall at the Library, We read this one, and learned that it is considered the definitive text about the Civil War. Written with so much information, in fact, that ... Read full review

Review: Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction

User Review  - Joey Titus - Goodreads

Ordeal by Fire is a great book about the strategies and battles of the Civil War. It shows throughout the civil war, everything from view of the North and the South and the breakdown of the war. It is ... Read full review


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James M. McPherson is the author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which won a Pulitzer Prize in history, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, a Lincoln Prize winner. He is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he also lives. His newest book, entitled Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with a short, but detailed look at this president's life.

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