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Eyewitness to the Civil War

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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 period illustrations. Evocativ ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 21st 2006 by National Geographic
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Mar 08, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
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A lot of my recent reading has been U.S. History - before, during and after the Civil War. I had seen a copy of "Eyewitness to the Civil War" a couple of years ago, and without opening it, thought it looked more like a coffee table book than something that would be very informative. Well, I was wrong. In addition to many actual photograhs of military and political leaders as well as "common" folks and slaves taken during the mid- 1860s, there was a lot of information on the social and political ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it
This is book is not good. It's a broad military history, and skips over or gives a less than stellar interpretation of many topics--for example, this book presents Lincoln's letter to Horace Greeley at face value and not as the nuanced political play it actually was given that Lincoln had already drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. There are also printing errors with pages repeated and others left out. Some great photographs and maps but not worth your purchase or time reading.
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Beautifully done and carefully written. It's not written like a standard textbook or historical tomb and therefore easier to absorb the information. Though not a scholar on the Civil War by any means, I do enjoy reading about it and this book does a wonderful job of telling the stories and the history. The photographs are beautiful, heart wrenching and captivating. I would recommend it for anyone's library and definitely for reading.
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