The Civil War: A History

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1961 - History - 663 pages
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From the firing on Fort Sumter to the shot that killed Abraham Lincoln, this fascinating compendium of the Civil War conveys the sights, sounds, and emotions of the conflict that shaped our history and our national consciousness. Here is the vivid and compelling commentary of generals, common soldiers, politicians, and ordinary civilians from both sides of the conflict.
This fascinating work explores the long-standing social issues that plunged the nation into war, providing an in-depth analysis of the politics of the war years and the colourful personalities of Federal and Confederate leaders. Here in one comprehensive, utterly engrossing volume is the Civil War as it really was the forces and events that caused it, the soldiers and civilians who fought it, and the ideas and values that are its legacy today.

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Good one volume history of the war. Highly recommended for those not familiar with the conflict. Read full review

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User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

An impulse purchase while visiting the Lincoln museum in Springfield on his bicentennial birthday. Chosen because (a) it's an account that's been around 40 years and (b) it was written by a scholar ... Read full review

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About the author (1961)

Harry Hansen was born in Davenport, Iowa, and received a bachelor of philosophy degree from the University of Chicago. He served as a war correspondent for the Chicago Daily News during World War I, and was a correspondent at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. Mr. Hansen served as literary editor of the Chicago Daily News, the New York World, and the New York World Telegram. He wrote eleven books as well as numerous articles and essays, and lectured at Columbia University and the University of Chicago. A member of the Society of American Historians, he was the editor of The World Almanac.
Richard Wheeler, an ex-marine, is the author of sixteen other books of military history, eleven of which deal with different Civil War campaigns and battles, including Voices of the Civil War, winner of the New York City Civil War Round Table's Fletcher Pratt Award. Wheeler is also the author of Voices of 1776: The Story of the American Revolution in the Words of Those Who Were There (Meridian). He lives in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.

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