History of the Civil War, 1861-1865
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History of the Civil War, 1861-1865

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Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1917, this volume is widely regarded as the first unbiased history of the Civil War and one of the best single-volume studies. It is remarkable for its scholarly research, objectivity, and engrossing narrative style. "Well worthy of the welcome." — American Historical Review. Index. Notes. 2 maps. New introduction.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 27th 1999 by Dover Publications (first published May 27th 1918)
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Dave
James Ford Rhodes (May 1st, 1848 - January 22nd, 1927) was both an industrialist and an historian. Prior to this work, he produced seven volumes of a "History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850" (an eighth volume was published after this work), and he also produced a three volume "History of the Civil War 1861-1865". In the preface to this one-volume "History of the Civil War 1861-1865" he states that this is not an "abridgement" of his prior work, but rather was a "fresh" study.

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Mike Ehlers
Excellent overview of the Civil War, and I can see why it won a Pulitzer. Worth reading 90 years later (makes you realize the book was written closer to the war itself than to the present). I read this online.

I was impressed with the scope of the book, covering not just the fighting, but politics, foreign interest, diplomacy, economics, business, and society as well, to name a few. But due to its nature, you sometimes notice the lack of detail in the book. It is very literally a history of the w...more
Kathy
Wonderfully written and interesting to note that this book was written much closer to the Civil War than to today. Mr. Rhodes does have a bias in his regard to Lincoln, nicely done with Lincoln as a hero with some faults. This is a history of the war and its battles and generals, and some politics. It is a brief history, but well done.
John Mayers
Very good history that does more than account the battles. Rhodes presents the other dimensions of the War including international relations/role of the British and clearly presents the precarious position of the Union until Gettysburg and Vicksburg.
Robert Vandiver
A good general history of the war
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