Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Understanding the Civil War 150 Years On


APRIL 1865 by Jay WinikDON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR by Kenneth C. DavisMANHUNT by James L. SwansonThe 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War is being marked in 2011. The following books will help your students understand the explosive conflict dubbed the War Between the States.

It was a month that could have unraveled the nation. Instead, it saved it. The gripping, panoramic narrative of April 1865 is a breathless ride through these tumultuous thirty days, showing that the nation’s future rested on a few crucial decisions and twists of fate.


Don't Know Much About the Civil War: Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis

“Highly informative and entertaining . . . propels the reader light years beyond dull textbooks and Gone with the Wind.”—San Francisco Chronicle


How to Lose the Civil War: Military Mistakes of the War Between the States by Bill Fawcett

With a tongue-in-cheek style How to Lose the Civil War chronicles the thrilling history of the many disastrous decisions made by both sides, and is chock full of trivia, history, and fascinating looks at the War Between the States.

From the pages of Howard Zinn’s compelling classic A People’s History of the United States, a detailed and gripping history of the American Civil War “from the bottom up.”

From the pages of Paul Johnson’s authoritative classic, A History of the American People, a compelling account of Americans great and small during their nation’s most desperate hour.


Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Combining magnificent historical research with a thrilling story, Manhunt describes the hour-by-hour details of the twelve days after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination when various factions within the United States government—and even some outside it—hunted for the President’s killer, John Wilkes Booth.

With Malice Toward None: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B. Oates

This classic definitive one-volume biography on the life of Abraham Lincoln masterfully follows Lincoln’s bitter struggle with poverty, his self-made success in business and law, his early disappointing political career, and his legendary leadership as president during one of America’s most tumultuous periods.

The Confederate Nation: 1861-1865 by Emory M. Thomas

The Confederate Nation has yet to be superseded as the standard title on the subject. Emory Thomas has left an indelible mark on the historiography of the Confederacy.”—Journal of Southern History

Please let us know if you need a desk copy or examination copy of any of the aforementioned books.

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