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Civil War Sketch Book: Drawings from the Battlefront Hardcover – May 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393072207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393072204
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“These raw but deft on-the-spot sketches capture the Civil War battlefield as it really must have been—often confused, always fast-moving and sometimes terrifying. The artists who made them were nearly as courageous as the troops they followed. No one interested in the era should miss this handsome and revealing volume.” (Geoffrey Ward, coauthor with Ken Burns of The Civil War: An Illustrated History)

“...Informatively presenting the artists and the circumstances of their sketches, Katz and Virga help us envision the Civil War as contemporaries would have visualized it through the magazines they read.” (Booklist)

“These accounts, along with the sketches themselves and the narrative framework the authors provide, give this handsome volume—also a landmark in the study of pictorial journalism—a special immediacy that will appeal to Civil War buffs and many others. Most highly recommended.” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Harry L. Katz is the former head curator of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and the author of Baseball Americana and Herblock. He lives in Del Mar, California.

Vincent Virga has authored or coauthored seven major picture books, including, most recently, Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations. He lives in New York City and in County Mayo, Ireland.

Alan Brinkley is professor of history at Columbia University and author of numerous books, including The End of Reform.

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This is a book for those who really wish to learn more about the Civil War and the history of America.
wogan
By putting themselves "in the heat of the action," they produced sketches that "often provided the most accurate reporting of what had transpired" in the field.
Roberto Perez-Franco
Quality printing, paper, and binding--This is a well made book with good heavy paper and a strong binding.
Robert Redd

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Perez-Franco on June 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
[Review published in MIT's The Tech] - 'Civil War Sketchbook brings us a splendid collection of original sketches from the front lines of the battlefield'

Two days after the charter incorporating MIT was signed in April 1861, Confederate forces attacked a military installation in South Carolina. It was the first in a series of battles that would last four bloody years and decide the fate of a nation. Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, Bull Run and Gettysburg are now the stuff of history, names that to this day evoke deep wounds -- physical, psychological, moral -- in the very fabric of America, many of which are still open. But there was a time when citizens on all sides of the war followed these names for breaking news, which often took the form of written and graphical reports in printed newspapers.

Today, it is almost impossible to imagine the difficulties that the journalists and graphical reporters back then had to overcome to bring the citizenry fresh news from the frontlines of the Civil War. There was a time when the shock and awe of war was not broadcast in real time to the world, and when being embedded with the troops meant actually standing in the line of fire. Capturing battle in an image required more than the click of a button, and sending that image back to the editors took more than an attachment in an email.

As a tribute to the courageous and talented artists that risked their lives to capture these images in charcoal and watercolor, Harry Katz and Vincent Virga assembled the Civil War Sketch Book: Drawings from the Battlefront.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 28, 2012
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I must admit, I was skeptical about purchasing this book for $3.75 (!!) when the list price was $50... but I was very pleasantly surprised. The quality of the paper and binding is very good, the image reproduction is very high quality and the textual content is outstanding. I bought this mainly for eye-candy, but ended up learning a thing or two while reading it.

My ONLY gripe is not with the book, but with the way it was packaged for shipment. The book was not properly secured, and as a result, it shifted during transport, causing one corner to be very slightly bent. Most people would never even notice such minor damage, but I tend to be meticulous in the care and preservation of my books, so I was a little miffed that it did not arrive in pristine condition. Still, for the price, I would have bought this book even with the miniscule damage to one corner... so I quickly got over it.

At the time of this writing, I see the price has gone up to $5.47, but even at the new price, this book is an amazing bargain for anyone interested in the Civil War, etchings, the history of journalism, war correspondence, American history or fine art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mp on July 30, 2013
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Just received this book, so I have yet to read it from cover to cover. From what I have viewed so far, it is a beautiful book! Wonderful large images in color. I will use this book in my classroom, as well as read it myself. No pages stuck together or anything like that, as others have said. My only complaint is the chunk that was taken out of the dust jacket. For only $5, I won't return it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 30, 2012
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`Civil War Sketch Book' is a large coffee table book that shows the illustrations of the artists (the Specials) that brought home to many what the Civil War looked like. Today most think of Matthew Brady and his photographs, but much more prevalent were these men who followed the battles and reported back to their newspapers by drawings and sketchings what was happening.

The book is divided into the years 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865 - the works shown chronologically. The events include Lincoln's assassination and Jefferson Davis' flight and signing the Acts of Government. There are some recognizable names in here, such as Thomas Nast and Winslow Homer. The illustrations are labeled and there is as much text as pictures to explain to the reader the events surrounding them, mostly the actions of the armies.
The illustrations are mostly in the sepia tone of the day and do an extraordinary job of catching the action and pathos of the war in astonishing detail. There is a short epilogue of where these Specials went after the war and a detailed index.

This is a book for those who really wish to learn more about the Civil War and the history of America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol H. Miller on August 14, 2013
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Illustrations by famous artists ; this book is full of fabulous art, written beautifully, --a work of art
I love this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale Hershey on February 8, 2013
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These Civil War artists captured the activity and drama of the war better than any of the often reproduced photographs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 4moreshelflife on August 11, 2012
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Nice to see a book with these pieces of art, finally.

These sketches at the time were the best way to bring the war to the homes of the participants on both sides. Probably why Harper's Magazine from the 1860's still bring are very valuable.

If you have visited Civil War sites, these sketches and stories will be really helpful in bringing the actual scene and feel to your visit, especially Antietam, which I'm glad I visited this past summer.

I have seen these battlefields with new eyes...the artists and journalists who were there.
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