Things might have been rather different, too. "What emerges from the panorama of April 1865 is that the whole of our national history could have been altered but for a few decisions, a quirk of fate, a sudden shift in luck." When Lee abandoned Richmond, for instance, his soldiers rendezvoused at a nearby town called Amelia Court House. There, the general expected to find boxcars full of food for his hungry troops. But "a mere administrative mix-up" left his army empty-handed and may have limited Lee's options in the days to come. Or what if Lee had decided not to surrender at all, but to turn his resourceful army into an outfit of guerrilla fighters who would harass federal officials? National reconciliation might have become impossible as the whole South turned into a region plagued with violence and terrorism. For the Union, "there would be no real rest, no real respite, no true amity, nor, for that matter, any real sense of victory--only an amorphous state of neither war nor peace, raging like a low-level fever." One of Lee's officers actually proposed this scenario to his commander in those final hours; America is fortunate Lee didn't choose this path.
Winik is an exceptionally good storyteller. April 1865 is full of memorable images and you-are-there writing. Readers will come away with a new appreciation for that momentous month and a sharpened understanding of why and how the Civil War was fought. Let it be said plainly: April 1865 is a magnificent work, surely the best book on the Civil War to be published in some time. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great read and very well written. Jay Winik includes such good background information on the issues and events of April 1965 that I'm a believer: Indeed the single most... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Andrew C Phillips
My fiance applied for a highway patrol job and he got an email saying they would get tested. They recommended this book and another just to read. He asked if I could order it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Xochitl Perez
I purchased the Kindle edition for research on the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. My review includes a comparison between the Kindle edition and the hard... Read morePublished 9 days ago by John Blanton
In American history courses in school, we see that Richmond fell early in April 1865 and that a mere week later Lee had surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Eric Mayforth
An absorbing history of the civil war. A study of pre civil war America. It compllemented by full portraits of Robert e lee, Ulysses grant and a fleeting description of john... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fay Lee Novack
Amazing details I never knew before. This should be taught in our schools and be required reading material.Published 1 month ago by Wolfgang Schulz
It's a different kind of history book. It brings alot of history from other continents and other centuries into the story to help the reader understand the similarities and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tdaoust