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Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox Hardcover – Unabridged, December 12, 1988

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First Edition. 1984 Author: Bruce Catton Publisher: Fairfax Press 730 pages, including index. Hardback, with red dust jacket.

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  • Hardcover: 730 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (December 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517447711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517447710
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By David James Trapp on June 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Catton's Civil War is his trilogy (Mr. Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox) about the Army of the Potomac. Eloquently written, gripping, a masterpiece of popular history. Scholars may frown at his style, but Catton had a feel for history that brings the reader right to the battlefield to smell the smoke, and hear the roar of the cannon. A must read for any Civil War reader. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HMS Warspite TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Bruce Catton's Civil War" is his superb trilogy on the Army of the Potomac, first published in sequence 1951-1953. It is a throwback to an earlier era of historical writing, which emphasized an epic narrative style in the retelling of great historical events. Catton, a journalist by trade, was old enough to have grown up among Civil War veterans, and brought a keenly-honed sense of people and politics, along with a well-developed writing style, to his extensively researched history.

The Army of the Potomac, the Union Army in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War, had the misfortune to be rushed unready into combat at the Battle of First Bull Run in 1861. Its defeat in this first major battle of the war would begin the revolving door of command that lasted until the appointment of U.S. Grant as head of the Union Armies in 1864. The Army of the Potomac suffered under the handicap of being too close to Washington politics for too much of the war, and the daunting challenge of facing Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia as its principal opponent from the Richmond Campaign to Appomattox. Its trials are portrayed by Catton as a microcosm of the larger Union struggle.

Half a century on, Catton's scholarship is mildly dated, but his trilogy remains an astonishingly good reading experience, focused on the big events, major and supporting personalties, and the nuanced feel of changing tides in the conduct of the war. It is very highly recommended to fans and students of the Civil War, even in used condition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on April 25, 2012
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Bruce Catton was a legendary Civil War writer and contained in this volume are some of his absolute masterpieces. The Army of the Potomac is brought back to life to march the dusty roads of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The first book 'Mr. Lincoln's Army' ends with a stunning depiction of one of the most devastating days in American history- the Battle of Antietam. With Catton you are in the thick of that fighting.

'Glory Road' contains a magnificent depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. The heroes that saved the days for the Union at that battle are depicted in all their humanity.

'Stillness at Appomattox' has the devastating account of the Overland campaign, the Petersburg campaign, Shenandoah campaign, and Appomattox. This particular book is one of the finest ever written about historical events in any part of American history.

Catton's depictions of the larger than life commanders is spot on: McClellan, Burnside, Hooker, Meade, and finally Grant.

In the end though it is the soldiers of that luckless army who suffered defeat after defeat but in the end won the final victory that Catton does true justice to. There is something very American in this story and the way Catton tells it.

A+++
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dag on September 6, 2010
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Fast delivery, Book as described, impressed with the quality.
As a writer of the Civil War Bruce Catton is unmatched in my opinion.
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It is hard to believe that as a kid I did not read any of Bruce Catton’s works. I wish I would have done so because he was a very good author and a good historian. My daughter picked this book up for me as a Father’s Day gift and after using pieces of it for research I finally had a clear spot in my To Read list and picked up the book. I was not disappointed at all. This is an omnibus collection of three of Catton’s works from the 1950s. They are Mr. Lincoln’s Army, Glory Road, and A Stillness at Appomattox, the latter of which won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Written in the years prior to the celebration of the Civil War’s Centennial, they certainly contributed to the extremely large national interest in the event.

It is also interesting when reading these books to realize that Catton wrote them just after WWII, less than 90 years after the last guns had fallen silent from the Civil War. A terrible conflict had been fought which involved the participation of all Americans and had been framed as a conflict between good and evil. While Catton did not go that far in portraying the differences between the two sides of the Civil War, I somehow wonder if the WWII experience did not influence his research of the period. He certainly framed it as a titanic struggle between two halves of the nation divided over a central issue with the victor determining the future of the nation.

It is interesting how 60 years after the publication of these three books the scholarship is still quite good. With so many changes in how the Civil War has been interpreted over the years resulting from the dismissal of Lost Cause mythology, one would think anything prior to the 1960s would be suspect, but Catton stuck to mostly military events in these books.
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