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Gr 9 Up-In his foreword to this set, noted historian James M. McPherson characterizes this well-written encyclopedia as "the best" work of reference currently available on the Civil War. Many readers will concur. The editors and more than 250 distinguished contributors present some 1600 alphabetically arranged, concise articles on every aspect of the period, supplemented by informative battle maps and many of the most famous period black-and-white photographs in crisp, clear reproductions. Ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages, the entries create a comprehensive and compelling picture of the war. They include not only detailed discussions of the major and minor battles and military life in general, but also the war's effects on society, from government, politics, and technology to journalism, commerce, and home life. The first four volumes contain a wealth of cross-references, easing the way for research. The final volume offers a useful selection of critical primary-source documents, a chronology of the war, an extensive bibliography, and an index to all volumes. An all-together excellent resource for research or general browsing interest.
Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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I probably shouldn't be posting this, but I just got my books today and already have a minor problem and I'm anything but an expert on the Civil War. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane Wilen
This encyclopedia helps me research the topic of Vermont in the American Civil War for a Community Access Television show that I am making.Published 12 months ago by J. D. Mellar
As you have probably guessed, this book is HUGE. But don't let the size and price scare you. This is a MUST have for anyone who has an interest in the American Civil War. Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by N. Burchett
This sure is a complete reference for the American Civil War. My only complaint would be that I thought at least something would be in color, but it is all black and white, which... Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by A. Walen
Superb in all respects.
The definitive reference book on the American Civil War.
An absolute must for any serious Civil War buff.
There is so much information in this book it is ridiculous. I have found new sources just by flipping through this book. Every entry is detailed. Read morePublished on January 27, 2008 by Grant and Lee
This is an absolutely essential book for anyone with an interest in Civil War scholarship. The scope and breadth of this work is utterly astounding. Read morePublished on August 2, 2007 by M. Van Ert