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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.
An excellent telling of a very critical month of the Civil War and of American history.Published 20 days ago by William Marlow
Very good. I didn't realize that some of the Confederates were thinking about guerrilla warfare. End of the civil war could have been so different. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Gary R. Silco
I coudn't keep reading. Southern bias is strong with this one.Published 24 days ago by Mark J. Kradel
This lecture series absoluetly SUCKS! Winik uses a very limited vocabulary. Everything is repeated hyperbole and restates things 3 times to make it more ingrained but doe it so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bradley Wenzel
Exhaustive research and a luculent narrative make this an essential read for any and all who have an interest in the American Civil War.Published 1 month ago by Andrew Sager
I've read dozens of Civil war books. This is the best of the lot. An entirely new perspective on the end of the war and the deeply disturbing ways things could have gone wrong far... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff Fowler
I'm a Civil War buff and I love this book. I highly recommend it if you like reading about Civil War. April 1865 is an eye opener and delightful to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Brown Jr.