Infinitely readable and absorbing, Bruce Catton’s The Civil War is one of the best-selling, most widely read general histories of the war available in a single volume. Newly introduced by the critically acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson, The Civil War vividly traces one of the most moving chapters in American history, from the early division between the Nort...more
When you're a respected scholar of the Civil War, and you write a trilogy on that subject, there are going to be comparisons to Foote's enormous and consistently awesome The Civil War: A Narrative. It's not fair, of course, but neither is my car breaking down twice in one week.
I had Foote in mind when I started Bruce Catton's Civil War, which is comprised of Mr. Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, and A Stillness at Appomattox. Rig ...more
The book proceeds through Grant's ...more
This book is almost as much about the struggles of Abraham Lincoln with his generals, particularly George B. McClellan--a struggle reflected as well in electoral politics, as it is about ...more
One fears that at times Mr. Catton took too many liberties in his descriptions of people and events. Lightly footnoted, which makes it hard to tell when he's drawing on sources and when he's drawing on his imagination.
Four stars for a skill at telling the big picture with just enough fine detail to make it all come to startling life. A great ge ...more