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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.
One learns so much more about post treaty signing. Also the mind-set of so many people, both north and south. And the difficulty of bringing this nation together. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nell B. Murphy
Having found the book to be fascinating I loaned copies until all were gone. The book took me towards a more realistic understanding of how the conflict actually wound down. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Persop
There e is very little new to those of us who have read about the war, the assassination, and it's follow up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Jaffe
We are all familiar the Lee and Grant story, but this work expands the view to expose the how the nation was saved due to the courage of other southern generals in the way they... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James A. Farley
Jay Winik is one of those rare writers who makes real life historical events read like great fiction. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Annie Malchin
One of the best books I have ever read. If you enjoy history you will enjoy this book. It is one of few books I keep within easy reach.Published 4 months ago by Hike AZ
Read this before when it first came out...rereading it again now....such a good book. Highest recommendation. You can't go wrong with this book.Published 4 months ago by CBodie
This is a very good book on one month in American history, a month that saw the beginning of the end for the Civil War along with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sarah Marie
I've read this book several times. It is a truly outstanding work by Jay Winik. In my opinion ( I am a graduate History major) , this should be used as a textbook for any college... Read morePublished 5 months ago by James P. Ruff, Jr.