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The Civil War: A Visual History

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Produced with the Smithsonian Institution and released in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the start of the war, "The Civil War" is the definitive visual history to one of the most defining moments in our country's history.

Comprehensive timelines, revealing first-person accounts by soldiers and civilians, key political and military leaders, as well as examinations
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published March 21st 2011 by DK
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Feb 18, 2016 Tom rated it liked it
While a very nice narrative of the Civil War, it wasn't as "visual" as I had hoped. I was really looking for more of a photo and artifact compilation than a true narrative, which is more the way this book leans. With another name this would be a 4 or 5 star read, but as a visual companion I cannot give it more than 3 stars.
Austin Somlo
Jul 26, 2016 Austin Somlo rated it it was amazing
There are two types of The Civil War: A Visual History: the one with big print and the one with small print. Get the one with the big print because the other one is hard to read as the book feels terribly condensed.

Exhaustive and deep in scope of the information presented, The Civil War: A Visual History is probably the best Civil War book out there, and everything you want to know is in there. As for myself, I found the book obscenely too much and stopped reading after 150 pages. I should have
Gerald Hickman
Jul 27, 2015 Gerald Hickman rated it liked it
Visually appealing to a wide range of readers. There is much for the middle and high school student to use for research papers and much for the Civil War buff to learn in the text. Good coverage of tools and methods for daily survival of soldiers and civilians caught up in this huge civil conflict.
May 31, 2011 Jonathan marked it as to-read

'"The Civil War: A Visual History" edited by Jemima Dunne and Paula Regan. This breathtaking look at our first photographed war culls daguerreotypes, artifacts, sketches, timelines, maps and paintings from the Smithsonian Institution to create a feast for the eye. Its pleasurable readability makes it well-suited to high school students, or adults new to the particulars of the war. Organized chronologically, the book covers battles, certainly, but also offe
Thomas Janeway
Jul 14, 2013 Thomas Janeway rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-shelf
A MUST HAVE~for civil war buffs and non-war buffs. I wish there were six stars. Or 10. Given as a birthday gift, I have truly enjoyed reviewing this book on a near weekly basis, one or two pages at a time. The pictures are authentic. The narrative so engaging. It is immense and intense and lovely and beautiful and accurate. Every Board of Education in every state ought to replace their respective district's history books with this Smithsonian Institution gift to us all. Children would actually l ...more
May 05, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! It's hard to go wrong when you have DK (publisher) producing the work! This book has it all and best of all, it's in an easy to understand format!

The book is organized chronologically from pre-Civil War (1815-1860) through Reconstruction.

Throughout the book, the reader will find narrative, paintings, drawings, pictures, photographs, illustrations, political cartoons, maps, quotes, sidebars, biographies and biographical timelines of key figures involved in the war. Plus, many of the vis
Simply beyond awesome. A massive tome with tons of information, in very readable sections, though not always in strictly chronological order. Reading this book is a major undertaking and not one which could be accomplished in a mere weekend of reading; be prepared to devote weeks of time to winding your way through the story of the Civil War. In conclusion, "The Civil War: A Visual History" does the Smithsonian proud and would be an excellent edition to any Civil War or amateur historian's refer ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Doris rated it really liked it
This book is laid out in reader-friendly fashion by addressing each topic/event in a concise 2-page spread. I found it easy to digest as I read it in 3-spreads-per-day segments. It imparted great facts and interesting tidbits in a clear, unbiased tone and the whole book was filled with amazing images and artifacts from the War that forever changed our nation.
Mar 25, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent introduction to the American Civil War for anyone who is looking to learn more than just the basic facts. The book is well-illustrated and goes into a decent amount of detail about every major battle, event, and personality.

If a Civil War "newbie" came to me asking for a recommendation of where to start, this is the book I would recommend.
Jul 17, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book. It takes you thru the war chronologically and has tremendous pictures. However, at times there are so many sidebars and little sections on each page that it is almost overwhelming. You worry you are going to miss something important. This is a real coffeetable book, done with DK's usual style.
May 19, 2011 Judith rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, civil-war
I expected more of a photography aspect from this book. Yes, there were photographs but overall the book seemed more like a juvenile book then something geared for adults.
Nov 07, 2015 JoAnne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
In one word ~ Excellent
Mr. George
May 25, 2011 Mr. George rated it it was amazing
wow...just wow.
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