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James M. McPherson

James M. McPherson is best known for his classic work on the American Civil War, The Battle Cry of Freedom, which won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. He is a professor in the Department of History at Princeton University.


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Personal Memoirs
Written by Ulysses S. Grant, Introduction by James M. McPherson
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 1999
$18.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043701-0 (0-14-043701-0)

Faced with cancer and financial ruin, the Civil War's greatest general and former president, Ulysses S. Grant wrote his personal memoirs to secure his family's future. In doing so he won himself a unique place in American letters. Acclaimed by writers as diverse as Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, Grant's memoirs... Read more

Embattled Rebel
Written by James M. McPherson
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2015
$17.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312775-8 (0-14-312775-6)

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy

“The best concise book we have on the subject… McPherson is… our most distinguished scholar of the Civil War era.” —The New York Times Book Review

History has not been kind... Read more

Hallowed Ground
Written by James M. McPherson
Crown | Hardcover | May 2003
$16.95/23.95(Canada) | 978-0-609-61023-7 (0-609-61023-6)

“[I]n a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our power to add or detract.”
—President Abraham Lincoln

James M. McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, and arguably the... Read more

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
Written by James M. McPherson
Vintage Canada | Trade Paperback | March 1998
$12.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-30928-4 (0-679-30928-4)

From Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson comes a brilliant and passionate examination of nationalism in today's world, and its effects on the stability of the world's countries, big and small.

Since the end of the Cold War, nationalism has re-emerged as one of the most powerful forces in the modern world. Students... Read more

The Negro's Civil War
Written by James M. McPherson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2003
$16.95/21.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3390-4 (1-4000-3390-X)

In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their... Read more

Tried by War
Written by James M. McPherson
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2009
$18.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311614-1 (0-14-311614-2)

The Pulitzer Prize?winning author reveals how Lincoln won the Civil War and invented the role of commander in chief as we know it

As we celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln?s birth, this study by preeminent, bestselling Civil War historian James M. McPherson provides a rare, fresh take on one of the... Read more

What They Fought For 1861-1865
Written by James M. McPherson
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 1995
$13.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-47634-8 (0-385-47634-5)

In Battle Cry Of Freedom,  James M. McPherson presented a fascinating, concise  general history of the defining American conflict. With What They Fought For, he focuses his considerable talents on what motivated the individual soldier to fight. In an exceptional and highly original Civil War analysis, McPherson draws on the letters and diaries... Read more