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The Last Full Measure
A Novel of the Civil War
Written by Jeff Shaara


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 27, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42548-5 (0-345-42548-0)

In the Pulitzer prize-winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time, an enduring bestseller that has sold more than two million copies. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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The Killer Angels
The Classic Novel of the Civil War
Written by Michael Shaara


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40727-6 (0-345-40727-X)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

The Killer Angels is a unique, sweeping, and unforgettable dramatic re-creation of the battle at Gettysburg which would ultimately shape America's destiny. Delving into the psyches of all the major players involved in the great battle—from the generals, to the soldiers, to the handful of Europeans "observing"... Read more >

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The Killer Angels
The Classic Novel of the Civil War
Written by Michael Shaara


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 12, 1987
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-34810-4 (0-345-34810-9)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

The Killer Angels
is a unique, sweeping, and unforgettable dramatic re-creation of the battle at Gettysburg which would ultimately shape America's destiny. Delving into the psyches of all the major players involved in the great battle—from the generals, to the soldiers, to the handful of Europeans "observing"... Read more >

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Struggle for a Vast Future
The American Civil War: A Selection of Essays
Written by Aaron Sheehan-Dean


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-84603-213-4 (1-84603-213-X)

The American Civil War saw the country that was founded on the ideals of "liberty and union" torn apart and embroiled in some of the most bitter and bloodiest fighting mankind has witnessed. The war changed the face and character of America forever and the shockwaves of it resounded around the... Read more >

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Smithsonian Civil War
Inside the National Collection
Written by Smithsonian Institution
Edited by Neil Kagan
Photographed by Hugh Talman
Foreword by Jon Meacham
Introduction by Michelle Delaney


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-389-5 (1-58834-389-8)

Heavily illustrated and presented in a large format, Smithsonian Civil War contains 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war and takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Judges of the Secret Court
A Novel About John Wilkes Booth
Written by David Stacton
Introduction by John Crowley


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-452-4 (1-59017-452-6)

David Stacton’s The Judges of the Secret Court is a long-lost triumph of American fiction as well as one of the finest books ever written about the Civil War. Stacton’s gripping and atmospheric story revolves around the brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, members of a famous theatrical family. Edwin is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1863
The Rebirth of a Nation
Written by Joseph E. Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 3, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37836-8 (0-553-37836-8)

According to Joseph Stevens, 1863 was the pivotal year in the American Civil War, the year America truly became America. Combining brilliant treatment of the military events with fascinating human interest stories, 1863 resonates with a unique sense of how one year in our nation’s history shaped our lives. Using personal... Read more >

Stanton
Life And Times of Lincoln's Secretary of War
Written by Benjamin P. Thomas and Harold M. Hyman


Format: eBook, 656 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 31, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82890-3 (0-307-82890-5)

At the time of his death, renowned Lincoln biographer Benjamin Thomas was at work on a life of one of the most controversial figures in American history: Edwin McMasters Stanton, the man who marshaled the military forces of the Union in the Civil War and played a crucial role in the... Read more >

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Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades
The Civil War In The Words of Those Who Lived It
Written by Susannah Ural
Foreword by Gary W. Gallagher


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-590-8 (1-84908-590-0)

Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades is the story of families enduring the whirlwind of the Civil War. It’s told through the words of famous and ordinary citizens and ranging from the battlefield to the home front, from presidential councils to frontier revivals. The book reveals how Americans on both sides... Read more >
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Lines in Long Array
A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present
Edited by David C. Ward and Frank H. Goodyear III


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-397-0 (1-58834-397-9)

Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including 12 wholly new poems by contemporary poets created especially for this volume.

Includes previously unpublished poetry by Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Civil War
The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, Kenneth Burns and RICHARD BURNS


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 1994
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75543-2 (0-679-75543-8)

This acclaimed narrative history (based on the PBS television series) is now available in a complete text-only edition that interweaves the authors' narrative with the voices of the participants, from politicians and officers to soldiers and civilians on both sides of the war.  This edition also includes essays by Don E. Fehrenbacher... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audio CD, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Civil War
An Illustrated History
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns and Ken Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 29, 1992
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74277-7 (0-679-74277-8)

This edition is fully illustrated with maps, photos, and hundreds of other images which enhance the overall reading and learning experience. Ward's acclaimed narrative history (based on the PBS television series) interweaves the authors' narrative with the voices of the participants, from politicians and officers to soldiers and civilians on both... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audio CD, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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A. Lincoln
A Biography
Written by Ronald C. White, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7570-3 (0-8129-7570-7)

Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel. In this magnificent book, Ronald C. White, Jr., offers a fresh and compelling definition of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lincoln and His Generals

Written by T. Harry Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74196-7 (0-307-74196-6)

Since it was first published in 1952, Lincoln and His Generals has remained one of the definitive accounts of Lincoln’s wartime leadership. In it T. Harry Williams dramatizes Lincoln’s long and frustrating search for an effective leader of the Union Army and traces his transformation from a politician with little military... Read more >
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Honor's Voice
The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln
Written by Douglas L. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 25, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70396-6 (0-375-70396-9)

A New York Times Notable Book of 1998

Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable emergence from the rural Midwest and his rise to the presidency have been the stuff of romance and legend. But as Douglas L. Wilson shows us in Honor's Voice, Lincoln’s transformation was not one long triumphal march, but a process that... Read more >
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Lincoln's Sword
The Presidency and the Power of Words
Written by Douglas L. Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3263-1 (1-4000-3263-6)

Abraham Lincoln now occupies an unparalleled place in American history, but when he was first elected president, a skeptical writer asked, “Who will write this ignorant man’s state papers?” Literary ability was, indeed, the last thing the public expected from the folksy, self-educated “rail-splitter,” but the forceful qualities of Lincoln’s writing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Manifest Destinies
America's Westward Expansion and the Road to theCivil War
Written by Steven E. Woodworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27770-1 (0-307-27770-4)

A sweeping history of the 1840s, Manifest Destinies captures the enormous sense of possibility that inspired America’s growth and shows how the acquisition of western territories forced the nation to come to grips with the deep fault line that would bring war in the near future.

Steven E. Woodworth gives us a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Manifest Destinies
America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War
Written by Steven E. Woodworth


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26524-1 (0-307-26524-2)

A sweeping history of the 1840s, Manifest Destinies captures the enormous sense of possibility that inspired America’s growth and shows how the acquisition of western territories forced the nation to come to grips with the deep fault line that would bring war in the near future.

Steven E. Woodworth gives us a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nothing but Victory
The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865
Written by Steven E. Woodworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72660-6 (0-375-72660-8)

Composed almost entirely of Midwesterners and molded into a lean, skilled fighting machine by Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, the Army of the Tennessee marched directly into the heart of the Confederacy and won major victories at Shiloh and at the rebel strongholds of Vicksburg and Atlanta.

Acclaimed historian Steven... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War

Written by Mike Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: January 7, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-89141-654-8 (0-89141-654-4)

What They Didn't Teach You About the Civil War looks at the ordinary people who fought the war and the people they left behind. It is about Belle Starr and Johnny Clem, one the South's top female spy, the other a nine-year-old drummer boy who went on to serve 46 years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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