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Blue & the Gray Hardcover – October 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Har/Map edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870448765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870448768
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With picture books on the Civil War now coming out as relentlessly as Sherman marched to the sea, it is becoming impossible to see the war for all the images. In the National Geographic's evocative juxtaposing of documentary photographs with Sam Abell's stunning recent ones of Civil War sites and memorials, we get a modernist montage of past and present. The hurried, though crisply written, narrative relates well-known events, but the images of the war, several of them previously unpublished, summon powerful feelings about the enduring and mystic chords of memory on war and its costs. A useful fold-out map of battlefield sites invites readers to visit the places to see them for themselves, but the book itself brings us close to the real war. Still, this is less a book for libraries than for ownership by individuals who want to experience the war at their leisure.
- Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I have been writing since my teen years, when I covered high school sports for my hometown newspaper, The Herald, in Bridgeport, Conn.
I continued working at the paper while I was in college. In the mid-1950s I began working for The New York Daily News, writing feature stories. In 1963, I left The News, going to Chilton Books in Philadelphia, and then to the National Geographic Book Division. I began freelancing in 1981, but I continued contributing to Geographic publications.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As stated in my summary, this book provides a good overall view of the Civil War and would be a good read for any Civil War beginner. However, the best feature about the book is its photographs of modern and Civil War-era type. The modern ones are all worthy of being framed art and the Civil War ones are blown up as to let the reader feel he's actually there. Also the book has many photos that I've not come across in my voluminous readings. The book's major shortcomings are the lack of real inclusion of any other Civil War causes other than slavery and occasional inaccuracies (One inaccuracy: Black CSA soldiers weren't in combat. In fact, the ones recruited at the end of the war DID combat. Also there were many who fought with the South through the duration of the war). This book is a MUST for any Civil War photo buff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Branch on January 20, 2011
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A great book. Between the battle narratives and wonderful pictures are sandwiched many discussions of people and things like railroads. And let's get off the revisionist theories that the war was not primarily about slavery. I've gone to many symposiums and field trips with the likes of Edwin Bearss etc and still gained a better understanding of the war by reading this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Siroky on July 1, 2010
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This is a great book. It takes no journalistic license and the pictures are simply superb. A keeper.
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well what can I say the book I loved enough to order but it never arrived!!! so had to reluctantly get a refund and haven't been brave enough to re order it incase it goes missing again,i so wanted this book to but had to give up on it.
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