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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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Shiloh, 1862

Written by Winston Groom


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0874-4 (1-4262-0874-X)

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 trade paperback.

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Vicksburg, 1863

Written by Winston Groom


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27677-3 (0-307-27677-5)

In this thrilling narrative history of the Civil War’s most strategically important campaign, Winston Groom describes the bloody two-year grind that started when Ulysses S. Grant began taking a series of Confederate strongholds in 1861, climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg two years later. For Grant and the Union it was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gettysburg
The Last Invasion
Written by Allen Guelzo


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74069-4 (0-307-74069-2)

An Economist Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

The Battle of Gettysburg has been written about at length and thoroughly dissected in terms of strategic importance, but never before has a book taken readers so close to the experience of the individual soldier.

Two-time Lincoln... Read more >

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Gettysburg
The Last Invasion
Written by Allen C. Guelzo


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59408-2 (0-307-59408-4)

From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history—the most intimate and richly readable account we have had—of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Ripples of Battle
How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72194-3 (0-385-72194-3)

Ripples of Battle considers the impact of three specific battles both in their own time and on the subsequent course of human events.

In the wake of 9-11, comparisons were heard between the suicidal Islamic pilots and the kamikazes of WWII. Hanson (who lost an uncle at Okinawa) argues that the real... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gettysburg
Two Eyewitness Accounts
Written by Frank Haskell
Contribution by William C. Oates


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 1, 1992
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-29832-1 (0-553-29832-1)

Edited and with an introduction by Glenn La Fantasie. This firsthand look at the Battle of Gettysburg offers Union and Confederate viewpoints of the conflict, recreating the three days and discussing the decisions of Lee, Longstreet, and Meade. Includes period artwork, engravings, maps, and a Civil War chronology.   Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Raising the Hunley
The Remarkable History and Recovery of the Lost Confederate Submarine
Written by Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44772-2 (0-345-44772-7)

On February 17, 1864, after a legendary encounter with a Union battleship, the iron “fish boat” vanished without a trace somewhere off the coast of South Carolina. For more than a century the fate of the Hunley remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Civil War. Then, on August... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Broken Promises
A Novel of the Civil War
Written by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-52455-3 (0-345-52455-1)

Originally published as In the Lion’s Den

Winner of the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Fiction

Director’s Mention, Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction

1861: The war that’s been brewing for a decade has exploded, pitting North against South. Fearing that England will support the Confederate cause, President Lincoln sends Charles Francis... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Confederates in the Attic
Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Written by Tony Horwitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75833-4 (0-679-75833-X)

When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again, this time from... Read more >

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Nathan Bedford Forrest
A Biography
Written by Jack Hurst


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 15, 1994
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74830-4 (0-679-74830-X)

With justice both to Forrest's unsavory peacetime ventures--his prewar rise to wealth as a Memphis slave trader, and his involvement after the war with the nascent Ku Klux Klan--to his undeniable accomplishments as a military strategist, Hurst offers the definitive biography of one of the Civil War's most brilliant generals. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eyewitness to the Civil War

Written by Steve Hyslop


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-7922-6206-0 (0-7922-6206-9)

At once an informed overview for general-interest readers and a superb resource for serious buffs, this extraordinary, gloriously illustrated volume is sure to become one of the fundamental books in any Civil War library. Its features include a dramatic narrative packed with eyewitness accounts and hundreds of rare photographs, artifacts, and... Read more >

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The State of Jones
The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy
Written by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2946-2 (0-7679-2946-2)

In 1863, after surviving the devastating Battle of Corinth, Newton Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi, deserted the Confederate Army and began a guerrilla battle against the Confederacy. For two years he and other residents of Jones County engaged in an insurrection that would have repercussions far beyond the scope of... Read more >

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Saving Savannah
The City and the Civil War
Written by Jacqueline Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7816-5 (1-4000-7816-4)

In this masterful portrait of life in Savannah before, during, and after the Civil War, prizewinning historian Jacqueline Jones transports readers to the balmy, raucous streets of that fabled Southern port city. This is a subtle and rich social history that weaves together stories of the everyday lives of blacks and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Civil War in the American West

Written by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1993
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74003-2 (0-679-74003-1)

In this powerful work of scholarship Josephy recounts the history of the "other" Civil War that raged on the largely unsettled Western frontier: of the U.S. army's brutal campaigns against the Plains Indians, of a Cherokee guerrilla leader who was the last Confederate general to surrender--two months after Appomattox, of the... Read more >

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Atlas of the Civil War
A Complete Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle
Written by Stephen Hyslop
Edited by Neil Kagan
Introduction by Harris Andrews


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 20, 2009
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0347-3 (1-4262-0347-0)

In this one-of-a-kind atlas, scores of archival maps and dozens of newly created maps trace the battles, political turmoil, and great themes of America’s most violent and pivotal clash of arms. From the Antebellum South to Fort Sumter, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the fitful peace of Reconstruction, National Geographic’s... Read more >

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The American Civil War
A Military History
Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27493-9 (0-307-27493-4)

In this long-awaited history, John Keegan shares his original and perceptive insights into the psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics of the American Civil War. Illuminated by Keegan’s knowledge of military history he provides a fascinating look at how command and the slow evolution of its strategic logic influenced the course of... Read more >

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Fields of Battle
The Wars for North America
Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74664-5 (0-679-74664-1)

Spanning more than two centuries and an entire continent, eminent historian John Keegan shows how the vast spaces of North America shaped the wars that were fought on its soil.  From General Wolfe's siege of Quebec to the rout of Custer and his men at Little Bighorn, Keegan takes students on an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Scoundrel
The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles
Written by Thomas Keneally


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72225-4 (0-385-72225-7)

Hero, adulterer, bon vivant, murderer and rogue, Dan Sickles led the kind of existence that was indeed stranger than fiction. Throughout his life he exhibited the kind of exuberant charm and lack of scruple that wins friends, seduces women, and gets people killed. In American Scoundrel Thomas Keneally, the acclaimed author... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Days of Defiance
Sumter, Secession, and the Coming of the Civil War
Written by Maury Klein


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76882-1 (0-679-76882-3)

“Illuminating and well-written. . . . Deserves a place in the highest ranks of Civil War scholarship.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

In November 1860, telegraph lines carried the news that Abraham Lincoln had been elected president. Over the next five months the United States drifted, stumbled, and finally plunged into the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Twilight at Little Round Top
July 2, 1863--The Tide Turns at Gettysburg
Written by Glenn W. LaFantasie


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38663-2 (0-307-38663-5)

On July 2nd, 1863, forces from the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Union’s Army of the Potomac clashed over the steep, rocky hill known as Little Round Top. This battle was one of the most brutal and devastating engagements of the American Civil War, and the North’s bloody victory... Read more >

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Reveille in Washington
1860-1865
Written by Margaret Leech
Introduction by James McPherson


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-446-3 (1-59017-446-1)

1860: The American capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, colored by patriotism and treason, and deeply divided along the political lines that will soon embroil the nation in bloody conflict. Chaotic and corrupt, the young city is populated by bellicose congressmen, Confederate conspirators, and enterprising prostitutes. Soldiers of a volunteer army swing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Fall of the House of Dixie
The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South
Written by Bruce Levine


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6703-9 (1-4000-6703-0)

To read the author’s essay about The Fall of the House of Dixie: Ammending Civil War Narrative and request a free review copy of the book, go to: http://tiny.cc/u1rqrw

In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Been in the Storm So Long
The Aftermath of Slavery
Written by Leon F. Litwack


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1980
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74398-1 (0-394-74398-9)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this “rich and admirably written book” (Eugene Genovese, The New York Times Book Review) aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What This Cruel War Was Over
Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War
Written by Chandra Manning


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27732-9 (0-307-27732-1)

A vivid, unprecedented account of why Union and Confederate soldiers identified slavery as the root of the war, how the conflict changed troops’ ideas about slavery, and what those changing ideas meant for the war and the nation.

Using soldiers’ letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers, Chandra Manning allows us to accompany soldiers—black... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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