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American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War Hardcover – April 11, 1994


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  • Hardcover: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy (April 11, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517385562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517385562
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want a history of the civil war there are good books to read.
steve blankenship
This book is filled with illustrations of paintings as well as photo's of the time period.
Adam Jones
A few years ago, I visited my dad and found this book still in his library, the original.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Cline on August 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly a must for anyone who wants a Civil War library. No other Civil War book has a richer breadth of imagery than this tome. This should be your second book after Battle Cry of Freedom, and your next should be Shelby Foote's trilogy. After that, pick books on narrower topics of interest to you.
There is only one reason for not making this your first book. As its title implies, it focuses on the pictures of the Civil War, and as such it has little room for more than an overview of the events in the words accompanying the pictures. However, there truly is only one failing of this book, and that is that it is out of print as I write this; a fault that will probably be remedied soon.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Todd Bovair on March 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was my second Civil War book, which I received for Christmas when I was 12 (thanks Mom!). My love of the subject probably has a lot to do with this excellent volume, which I pored over for many years. It is loaded with photos, illustrations, and maps as well as Bruce Catton's EXCELLENT narrative. While this narrative does not go into extensive detail (the enormous scope of the war prohibts this), it is clearly written and a treasure trove of knowledge for those interested in a one-volume overview of the Civil War. Catton was a much respected Civil War historian who influenced many of today's historians. This book (which had been out of print for years) has recently been reissued with all new photos and illustrations while still preserving the original Catton text. As these new illustrations tend to be more informative to the Civil War student than the original version's (the original had a lot of photographs of Civil war battlefields as they appear today, which are of limited usefulness), this is the preferred edition. The new edition has a white dust jacket, while the original had a grey dust jacket. Either edition, however, will serve you well in studying the deadliest war in United States history. HIGHLY recommended, especially to beginning Civil War buffs or anyone who would like to read about one of the most important chapters in our country's history.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cat5fred on July 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Allow me to add a different perspective on this book.

You see, I hail from the small south american country of Bolivia. Why the connection you will ask? Because when I was 8 my father returned from post-graduate studies in the USA. One of the many things he brought back was this book. At first, my only interest was the gorgeous overview illustrations of the most important battles. They captured my imagination completely as I tried to recreate them in my own drawings. I do remember reading some strange sounding names such as Shiloh, Antietam among many others. But it was the pictures that captivated me. Time and time again I would pull it out of my father's study and spent countless hours with it.

My father had meant the book to be an introduction not only to American history but to the whole northern culture as well. And by northern I mean all of the USA. A culture, my father would say, that would not hesitate to trade blood for time when it came to solving difficult issues such as national unity, slavery and later, civil rights.

Many years later, by then a resident of the US, I found this book at a used book store in Memphis, TN. Was I elated!!! It was like going back in time. Except this time, the experience was different. This time I read the book completely intent on understanding the content. Needless to say I purchased the book and literally ran home to start devouring it. It was the start of a 20 year quest to understand the ACW.

Many countries have had internecine wars, but none captures the essence of the human struggle like the American Civil War. And as such, this book should be obligatory reading, in my honest opinion, even if the word obligatory may have un-democratic overtones.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA on June 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Flipping through this big book, you lose yourself at times in the feeling that you were there. The destruction displayed (have you ever seen an entire hillside covered with dead men?) exists side by side with accounts of desperate valor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter G. Buttrm on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was precisely the book I was looking for. This particlar book had maps and drawings that no other book had. I remember the book from my high school days and have looked everywhere to find it. I expected it to be an older book and the one I got was in great shape for its age. The seller was very concerned that I knew it was and older book and communicated with me to make sure I was satisfied. Boy!! was I. should have come to Amazon in the first place when I first started looking for the book. A lesson learned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg in Central Texas on October 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I remember first reading this book in the 80's and it captured my attention as a child. Ever since reading it I have been a Civil War "fan"(don't know if that's the right word or not). The book goes into GREAT detail about the war(630 pages!). The various battles are covered in great depth. The battle maps with illustrated troops are like nothing I have ever seen before or since. The historic photos are plentiful and very good. There are also photos of then and now comparisons. There's a reason why the author won a Pulitzer and you will see why when reading this book.
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