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Preview — This Mighty Scourge by James M. McPherson
This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War
This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War is a collection of 16 essays by well-known historian James McPherson on a number of Civil War-related topics. Some of the essays are brand new, but most have been published before but have been re-worked for this book.
They fall into five broad categories:
1) Slavery and the Coming of War; 2) The Lost Cause Revisited; 3) Architects of Victory; 4) Home Front and Battle Front; 5) Lincoln.
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James M. McPherson has written and edited nearly 30 books, including the Pulitzer Prize?winning Battle Cry of Freedom. Turf battles aren't uncommon in Civil War studies, and McPherson has a wide reputation as a thoughtful, fair, and readable historian whose insight brings fresh perspective to some often-scrutinized topics. Although McPherson intended some of the essays for an academic audience, each is accessible and worthwhile, and "displays an admirable transparency, showing the historian at w...more
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Now I don't think you could make an HBO miniseries about it, but what do I know?
It's all incredibly interesting stuff, and thoughtfully explained by one of the premier Civil War historians out there. It's the best.