From Publishers Weekly
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I was eager to read this book, but I was disappointed by the writing from the very first page.
Mr. Chadwick does a marvelous job of recreating the scene surrounding this most important and still not well understood part of American history.
Moreover, it is apparent that the manuscript was not thoroughly edited because it contains inconsistencies in facts and even grammatical errors.
Places the activities of these men in a prospective not usually found -- in what he demonstrates as a very important year events moved the country toward war.Published 3 months ago by greyound
Who'd a thunk that a book based on USA politics in 1858 would be a good read? I did and was mostly right. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is another book on my "to do" list. I don't have enough data on that period of time so it will certainly be enlightening and enriching for me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sis Elizabeth A. Mcfadden
Interesting but a bit tedious in places. Some background info not needed to cover subject. Would borrow from library and not buyPublished 12 months ago by Harry Freind
Four stars for a fairly well thought out book by a detail oriented researcher. With around 747 citations,and hundreds of clearly defined insights--and some speculation-- B.C. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been interested in the Civil War since the first time I visited Gettsburg back in the 60's. Chadwick told a great story of the year leading up to this national catastrophe. Read morePublished 15 months ago by rglongr
I love all books civil war and Lincoln ...cant get enough! Great read if your into civil war ...Couldnt put this one down!Published 17 months ago by Julie Lemieux
Took a new look at the causes of the civil war as the war approached and the key players of the late 1850'sPublished 19 months ago by Robin Z.
Good snapshots of these folks and their thinking at their times. The ability to find books and publications on specific years on Amazon is very good.Published 19 months ago by Red Hill 1