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We Have the War Upon Us
The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
Written by William J. Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7623-9 (1-4000-7623-4)

In this carefully researched book William J. Cooper gives us a fresh perspective on the period between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, during which all efforts to avoid or impede secession and prevent war failed. Here is the story of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sherman's March
The First Full-Length Narrative of General William T. Sherman's Devastating March through Georgia and the Carolinas
Written by Burke Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75763-6 (0-394-75763-7)

Shermans March is the vivid narrative of General William T. Sherman’s devastating sweep through Georgia and the Carolinas in the closing days of the Civil War. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness stories, Burke Davis graphically brings to life the dramatic experiences of the 65,000 Federal troops who plundered their way through... Read more >

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Joshua L. Chamberlain
The Life in Letters of a Great Leader of the American Civil War
Written by Thomas Desjardin and The National Civil War Museum


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-559-5 (1-84908-559-5)

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain has been a central character in two feature films (Gettysburg and Gods & Generals), a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (The Killer Angels), and an inspiration for Ken Burns’ production of the highly acclaimed PBS series The Civil War. Chamberlain won national fame at the Battle of Gettysburg for his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Real Lincoln
A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War
Written by Thomas DiLorenzo


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7615-2646-9 (0-7615-2646-3)

Through extensive research and meticulous documentation, author and professor of economics Thomas J. DiLorenzo portrays the sixteenth president as a man who devoted his political career to revolutionizing the American form of government from one that was very limited in scope and highly decentralized—as the Founding Fathers intended—to a highly centralized... Read more >
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Lincoln Reconsidered
Essays on the Civil War Era
Written by David Herbert Donald


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72532-6 (0-375-72532-6)

David Herbert Donald, Lincoln biographer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has revised and updated his classic and influential book on Lincoln and the era he dominated.

When Lincoln Reconsidered was first published it ushered in the process of rethinking the Civil War that continues to this day. In the third edition... Read more >

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Lincoln and Whitman
Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington
Written by Daniel Mark Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45800-1 (0-345-45800-1)

Kindred spirits despite their profound differences in position, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman shared a vision of the democratic character. They had read or listened to each other’s words at crucial turning points in their lives, and both were utterly transformed by the tragedy of the Civil War. In this radiant... Read more >
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This Republic of Suffering
Death and the American Civil War
Written by Drew Gilpin Faust


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70383-6 (0-375-70383-7)

An illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War.

During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. An equivalent proportion of today’s population would be six million. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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This Republic of Suffering
Death and the American Civil War
Written by Drew Gilpin Faust


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40404-7 (0-375-40404-X)

An illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War.

During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. An equivalent proportion of today’s population would be six million. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Beleaguered City
The Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863
Written by Shelby Foote


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 8, 1995
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-60170-8 (0-679-60170-8)

Foote has drawn from his epic account another of the Civil War's most dramatic episodes, the taking of the city of Vicksburg by the Union forces. Ulysses S. Grant fought a long campaign over tricky terrain to get to the heavily fortified city. All the while, he had to fend off... Read more >

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The Civil War: A Narrative
Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville
Written by Shelby Foote


Format: Trade Paperback, 856 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1986
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74623-4 (0-394-74623-6)

FORT SUMTER TO PERRYVILLE

"Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War, as thousands of Americans apparently do, will go through this volume with pleasure... Years from now, Foote's monumental narrative most likely will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind."--New York Herald Tribune Book Review

"Here, for... Read more >
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The Civil War: A Narrative
Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian
Written by Shelby Foote


Format: Trade Paperback, 1000 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1986
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74621-0 (0-394-74621-X)

FREDERICKSBURG TO MERIDIAN

"Gettysburg...is described with such meticulous attention to action, terrain, time, and the characters of the various commanders that I understand, at last, what happened in that battle... Mr. Foote has an acute sense of the relative importance of events and a novelist's skill in directing the reader's attention to... Read more >
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The Civil War: A Narrative
Volume 3: Red River to Appomattox
Written by Shelby Foote


Format: Trade Paperback, 1120 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1986
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74622-7 (0-394-74622-8)

RED RIVER TO APPOMATTOX

"I have never read a better, more vivid, more understandable account of the savage battling between Grant's and Lee's armies... Foote stays with the human strife and suffering, and unlike most Southern commentators, he does not take sides. In objectivity, in range, in mastery of detail in beauty... Read more >
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A World on Fire
Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Written by Amanda Foreman


Format: Trade Paperback, 1008 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75696-2 (0-375-75696-5)

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)

10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly

In... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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A World on Fire
Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Written by Amanda Foreman


Format: Hardcover, 1008 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 28, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50494-5 (0-375-50494-X)

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) --winners announced March 10, 2012
A 2011 New York Times Notable Book ("10 Best")
A 2011 Library Journal Best Book


Acclaimed historian Amanda Foreman follows the phenomenal success of her New York Times bestseller Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire with her long-awaited second work of nonfiction: the fascinating... Read more >
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Wolf of the Deep
Raphael Semmes and the Notorious Confederate Raider CSS Alabama
Written by Stephen Fox


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9542-1 (1-4000-9542-5)

The electrifying story of Raphael Semmes and the CSS Alabama, the Confederate raider that destroyed Union ocean shipping and took more prizes than any other raider in naval history.

In July, 1862, Semmes received orders to take command of a secret new British-built steam warship, the Alabama. At its helm, he would... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Confederate Currency

Written by Pierre Fricke


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1080-3 (0-7478-1080-X)

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, the Confederate States of America began issuing its own legal tender. Over the years, seven different series of currency were issued. Counterfeiting became an enormous problem for the South, as did depreciation and inflation. By the end of the war, the notes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ashes of Glory
Richmond at War
Written by Ernest B. Furgurson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 30, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74660-7 (0-679-74660-9)

On the day the first shots of the Civil War were fired, a mob in Richmond clambered on top of the Capitol to raise the Confederate flag. Four years later, another flag was raised in its place while the city burned below.  A thirteen-year-old girl compared the stars and stripes to "so... Read more >

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Chancellorsville 1863
The Souls of the Brave
Written by Ernest B. Furgurson


Format: Trade Paperback, 450 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1993
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72831-3 (0-679-72831-7)

Furgurson's definitive account of the battle of Chancellorsville--the first in more than 55 years--explains one of the landmark engagements in the history of warfare and examines its fateful significance in the outcome of the Civil War.  Furgurson demonstrates that while it was the high point of battlefield success for the South, Chancellorsville... Read more >

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Freedom Rising
Washington in the Civil War
Written by Ernest B. Furgurson


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70409-3 (0-375-70409-4)

In this luminous portrait of wartime Washington, Ernest B. Furgurson—author of the widely acclaimed Chancellorsville 1863, Ashes of Glory, and Not War but Murder—brings to vivid life the personalities and events that animated the Capital during its most tumultuous time.

Here among the sharpsters and prostitutes, slaves and statesmen are detective... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Not War But Murder
Cold Harbor 1864
Written by Ernest B. Furgurson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78139-4 (0-679-78139-0)

In June of 1864, the Army of the Potomac attacked heavily entrenched Confederate forces outside of Richmond, hoping to break the strength of Robert E. Lee and take the capital. Facing almost certain death, Union soldiers pinned their names to their uniforms in the forlorn hope that their bodies would be... Read more >
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The American Civil War
This Mighty Scourge Of War
Written by Gary Gallagher


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 20, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84176-736-9 (1-84176-736-0)

Undoubtedly the most cataclysmic military struggle of the late nineteenth century, the American Civil War spanned four bloody years of fighting in which over 620,000 American soldiers and sailors lost their lives. From its outbreak at Fort Sumter, South Carolina in April 1861 until its conclusion at the Appotomax Court House... Read more >

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Roll, Jordan, Roll
The World the Slaves Made
Written by Eugene D. Genovese


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1976
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71652-7 (0-394-71652-3)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction


“The most profound, learned and detailed analysis of. . . slavery to appear since World War II. It covers an incredible range of topics and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. . . . Genovese’s great gift is... Read more >
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1861
The Civil War Awakening
Written by Adam Goodheart


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3219-8 (1-4000-3219-9)

A New York Times Notable Book
An epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields, 1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of how the Civil War began and a second American revolution unfolded, setting Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. In this gripping... Read more >
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1861
The Civil War Awakening
Written by Adam Goodheart


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4015-5 (1-4000-4015-9)

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began.

1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to... Read more >
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Shiloh, 1862

Written by Winston Groom


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1171-3 (1-4262-1171-6)

In the spring of 1862, many Americans still believed that the Civil War, “would be over by Christmas.” The previous summer in Virginia, Bull Run, with nearly 5,000 casualties, had been shocking, but suddenly came word from a far away place in the wildernesses of Southwest Tennessee of an appalling battle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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