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With My Face to the Enemy: Perspectives on the Civil War

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Essays on the most vital conflict in our nation's history written by renowned historians and presented by the editor of the acclaimed What If? With My Face to the Enemy is a provocative and wide-ranging anthology of essays on the Civil War-our nation's defining struggle and the first modern war in history. In thirty-five illuminating essays and one hundred and fifty ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 4th 2001 by Putnam Adult
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Chandra Powers Wersch
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
excellent collection of essays from Civil War historians, most notably James McPherson. I personally really enjoyed his analysis on the macro & micro strategies that led the North to a victory ("Failed Southern Strategies" and "How Lincoln Won the War with Metaphor"). The book is well laid out with sections on the early battles & ideologies that led to the war, with attention to the collection of West Point graduates now pitted against each other; a section on the brutal middle years ...more
Nathan Albright
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Although I had already read this some years ago and owned the book in my Florida library, I was given this book some months ago by a friend of mine who knows of my interest in the Civil War, and so despite its length at more than 500 pages of material, and despite my own fairly crushing load of books to read and review on a regular basis, a burden that I place on myself, I read this book little by little, until I got to the point where, after the midpoint of the war, I was able to enjoy reading ...more
Justin
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book filled with essays from some of the leading Civil War historians and authors of recent times. Found it easy to read with 10-15 page stories that ranged from battles and leaders to politics and overseas involvement in the war. Highly recommend it to those looking for a little bit of everything when reading about the Civil War.
Jimmy
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
A few of the essays in this volume were good, such as John Bowers' essay on George Thomas or Glenn La Fantasie on James Longstreet. However, much of this book seems to be nothing more than battle accounts (like about Malvern Hill, Marye's Heights, and Stones River) that are covered in full length books in far greater detail.
Charles Vogel
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Cowley has collected all the best writers of the Civil War and allowed them to write about their specialties.
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Robert Cowley is an American military historian, who writes on topics in American and European military history ranging from the Civil War through World War II. He has held several senior positions in book and magazine publishing and is the founding editor of the award-winning MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Cowley has also written extensively and edited three collections of essays ...more