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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  723 ratings  ·  36 reviews
This is a novel about the events leading up to the American Civil War, by the American author Winston Churchill. The story is set in the author's home town of St. Louis, Missouri, the site of pivotal events in the western theater of the Civil War, with historically prominent citizens having both Northern and Southern sympathies. ...more
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Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioBazaar (first published 1901)
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Curtiss
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've ever read about Abraham Lincoln, in the same sense that the novel "Ben Hur" is about Jesus Christ. The American author Winston Churcill (NOT Winston S. Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain) portrays Lincoln as being the sacrifice America had to pay to redeem it from the sin of slavery.

The author, Winston Churchill, chose to set the action in his home town of St. Louis, because that was the site of pivotal events in the western theater of the Civil War, with historic
...more
Jerrodm
I have  mixed emotions about this book.  In the first place, I feel as though I read it somewhat under false pretense, since I definitely thought that it was a book by British Prime Minister and all around notable quotable Sir Winston Churchill.  I had read and greatly enjoyed his History of the English Speaking People (am I misremembering the title?) several years ago, and assumed this was a book about World War II or somesuch.  It is not.  In fact, it is a novel, written by the American author ...more
Curtiss
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Curtiss by: I found it by accident, while trying to buy "The World Crisis" b
The best book I've ever read about Abraham Lincoln. The American author Winston Churchill (NOT Winston S. Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain) portrays Lincoln as being the sacrifice America had to pay to redeem it from the sin of slavery.

The author, Winston Churchill, chose to set the action in his home town of St. Louis, because that was the site of pivotal events in the western theater of the Civil War, with historically prominent citizens having both Northern and Southern sympathi
...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
You have a book called “The Crisis” by Winston Churchill and you automatically think, well, this is going to be about Churchill’s experience in World War 2. But then you start to read and it’s not that, and you read some more, and you slowly realize it’s not even the Winston Churchill we all know. This Churchill guy is an American novelist and his book, “The Crisis”, was released in 1901 and was a smashing bestseller, which in a way, is bad news. What sort of book would be a bestseller in 1901?

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Mark
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I know about this book is that my father occasionally complained about how much he hated it when he read it in a high school class. So, decades later, I had to see if it was as awful as he claimed. Turns out it's not bad. I feel like it had some legitimate insight into how people thought about friendship, slavery, and politics as the Civil War approached. On the negative side, it's a lot longer than it needs to be, and the number of chance meetings eventually becomes excessive. ( ...more
Donald
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fiction set during the Civil War,
Recommended to Donald by: My English Teacher
By the American Winston Churchill, an excellent Civil War novel I read and loved in high school.
Thom
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The history is detailed and sound, the drama is soap operatic and the author is frequently, shockingly racist. Somehow the book still pulls the reader along. Maybe because it's so awkward? ...more
Doreen Petersen
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Very good piece of fiction which is not a genre I usually read but this was really good.
John Spencer
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: influences
A Civil War novel, written when many of its readers still remembered the conflict, with often-overlooked perspectives regarding Abraham Lincoln and other figures of the era.
Sean
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really took my time on this one and it really just dragged out. It wasn’t all that exciting and I found it very easy to put down and do... literally anything else. It’s a Civil War novel like Pearl Harbor is a WWII movie - a corny and unrealistic love story set during armed conflict. I did find it interesting as a study of the mindset of Americans in the 1900s and how the author, and likely many other Americans, viewed the Civil War at that time. Though I don’t think it’s fair to judge past wo ...more
Patrick Barry
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
That Winston Churchill wrote a novel about events leading up to the American Civil War? Indeed he did in 1901. I read it 96 years later. It takes place in 1850s-1860s Missouri with four principal characters: Jinny, a Southern Belle from a traditonal Southern family; her unprincipaled cousin who spouts "the cause" as a means to win Jinny's approval; Stephen, a lawyer with Boston roots whose for Abraham Lincoln's cause gives Jinny pause; and Eliphalet, an earnest clerk with social and monetary amb ...more
Rick
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me ten years to get back to this book because it was misplaced in a flurry of many moves. This writing is not accredited to Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, which I actually discovered early in the reading, but that doesn't take away from the form and punch of the book whatsoever. Winston Churchill of St. Louis has crafted a realism and view of a maturing and learning Abraham Lincoln and events leading up to the Civil War unlike any I'd expected. The depiction of North vs South terri ...more
Susan C Lance
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Civil War. Fiction written in early 1900's. Vantage of contemporaries. People sat in their buggies watching the battles in the distance. ...more
Curtiss
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The best book I've ever read about Abraham Lincoln, in the same sense that the novel "Ben Hur" is about Jesus Christ. The American author Winston Churcill (NOT Winston S. Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain) portrays Lincoln as being the sacrifice America had to pay to redeem it from the sin of slavery.

The author, Winston Churchill, chose to set the action in his home town of St. Louis, because that was the site of pivotal events in the western theater of the Civil War, with historica
...more
Curtiss
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The best book I've ever read about Abraham Lincoln, in the same sense that the novel "Ben Hur" is about Jesus Christ. The American author Winston Churcill (NOT Winston S. Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain) portrays Lincoln as being the sacrifice America had to pay to redeem it from the sin of slavery.

The author, Winston Churchill, chose to set the action in his home town of St. Louis, because that was the site of pivotal events in the western theater of the Civil War, with historica
...more
Curtiss
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The best book I've ever read about Abraham Lincoln, in the same sense that the novel "Ben Hur" is about Jesus Christ. The American author Winston Churcill (NOT Winston S. Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain) portrays Lincoln as being the sacrifice America had to pay to redeem it from the sin of slavery.

The author, Winston Churchill, chose to set the action in his home town of St. Louis, because that was the site of pivotal events in the western theater of the Civil War, with historica
...more
Jack Hansen
This is one of the best books I have read this year. I put the book in the bathroom so I would only read a chapter at a time once halfway through - it is one of those books I did not want to end too soon. I love the style, vocabulary, plot, history, characters, and charm of the era when and where the story takes place as well as the author's talent when he writes The Crisis at the turn of twentieth century.

The language of that time in this fictional history maintains the story's integrity and is
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Karla
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dead-tree
No, it's not that Winston Churchill, though that was my assumption when I read the book years ago. The Crisis is a grand Civil War story, pretty much the Gone With the Wind of its day. There's North and South romance, political games in Washington, and a huge cast of characters. It was filmed in 1916, one year after D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation and rivaled it in popularity. It still exists, but is not readily available.

I remember liking the book, though I don't recall any details. H
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Peter Pactor
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Crisis was the best selling book of 1901, and deservedly so. The story covers about fifteen years of American history from the repeal of the Missouri Compromise to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The story captured the tenor of the times of the times, representing well the passions and struggles of the common people preceding and during the Civil War; including the breaking up of families and old friendships.

Even though the writing style was that of the nineteenth century, the book is
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Katt Hansen
I had never heard of this author and am forever grateful for the reading challenge who introduced him to me. Just as I am grateful to this author for introducing me to this side of Abraham Lincoln.

Moving...maybe not always accurate in historical detail and certainly no shred of political correctness, this is an honest book. A look at a time in America's history when it's still fresh in the memory of the readers. To me that is where the wonder of this book lies - in how the author has shown the
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Marla Olson
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this glimpse of history. Two of my favorite morals from it:
"A miracle had changed Virginia. He poise, her gentleness, her dignity, were the effects people saw. Her force people felt. And this is why we cannot of ourselves add one cubit to our stature. It is God who changes,--who cleanses us of our levity with the fire of trial. Happy, thrice happy, those whom He chasteneth."
And, "What was that upon the sleeper's face from which they drew back? A smile? Yes, and a light. The divine lig
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Larry Hostetler
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very instructive in what life might have been like before Lincoln became President. I don't pretend to be a historian, so don't know the historical accuracy of the book, but also didn't find anything that was at odds with what I have learned.

I also (in my ignorance) thought the historical novel to be a recent invention, but this was written in 1901 and fits squarely into that category.

Well worth the time, and this book has put me in search of others by this Winston Churchill (an American from S
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Caleb Kimball
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book (The Crisis) is long but one of the great American classics. It tells the story of life and love during the Civil War, from a different perspective than what is normally presented.

If you want a 'fresh' view on the American Civil War, then get this book and read it, you will not be disappointed.
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Deb
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Difficult to read, I thought, probably because I have not read any really old books in a long while. The language and style take some getting used to. I did not finish it but plan to work on it again soon. Interesting that this book was a best seller near the beginning of the 20th century and set in St. Louis.
Deusprimus
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Except for thinking that I was going to be reading something by the man I later learned always wrote under the name Winston S Churchill, this was an enjoyable book. Makes me want to read more about some of the historical characters portrayed herein. Several good moral statements, even if it is a well worn story type.
Paul Thillen
Nov 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Revisionist history at its finest. Cheesy love story built around the American Civil War as experienced in St. Louis, full of one dimensional characters, Forrest Gump quality coincidences and happy slaves that love their masters.

Important to read only to see how time changes the view of a war and to see how racism is casually found in popular literature.
Jim
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-mail, 2013
The first book by this author that I have read and what an excellent read. Churchill draws you in and you can feel the pride and pain that was felt during the most trying time in our nation’s history.
Amy Griffith
A good book based during the Civil War. Takes place in St. Louis and includes a lot of St. Louis history, including the role of German settlers and a look at the way the city was divided between confederates and rebels.
Ramona Rodriguez
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve marked as a five star because of my love of history and Abraham Lincoln. This book was the best seller in 1901 when the Civil War was only 30 years in the past. It was an old fashion and somewhat difficult read but moving, nonetheless.
Nikki
Dec 31, 2008 rated it liked it
He's a brilliant man, and easy to get into. ...more
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This is not the British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill. This is the American novelist, Winston Churchill.

Churchill was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Edward Spalding and Emma Bell (Blaine) Churchill. He attended Smith Academy in Missouri and the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1894 and became an editor of the Army and Navy Journal. He resigned from th
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