The Whirlwind of War: Voices of the Storm, 1861-1865

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Harper Collins, Jul 1, 1999 - History - 864 pages
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An intensely dramatic and intimate portrayal of the people, events,influences and consequences of the American Civil War, The Whirlwind of War builds on the great themes and follows many of the important figures that were introduced in The Approaching Fury.


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Great book. The characters came alive. I will seek out the prequel and anything else written by Stephen Oates. Read full review


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