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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (March 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1148106588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1148106588
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,000,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book and illustrations.
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I would have given the book 5 stars but at times I thought is was too concise and other times too detailed.
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Another example would be the way History and Historians treat Robert E. Lee.
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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on March 7, 2008
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James Ford Rhodes (May 1st, 1848 - January 22nd, 1927) was both an industrialist and an historian. Prior to this work, he produced seven volumes of a "History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850" (an eighth volume was published after this work), and he also produced a three volume "History of the Civil War 1861-1865". In the preface to this one-volume "History of the Civil War 1861-1865" he states that this is not an "abridgement" of his prior work, but rather was a "fresh" study.

Originally published by "The MacMillan Company" in 1917, this new History was awarded the 2nd Pulitzer Prize for History in 1918. Rhodes became known for his detailed research and lack of bias which is consistent throughout all his history works. His balanced treatment of both sides is a rather stark contrast to the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History (Jean Jules Jusserand's "With Americans of Past and Present Days") which was more of a celebration of Franco-American relations.

It is interesting while reading this book to think about the way the perceptions of the United States Civil War have changed over the years. As an example, Rhodes has no difficulty in emphasizing slavery and anti-slavery as the primary causes of the war, and since that time it has become more common to see more general references to state rights used, perhaps to cover the ugliness of issue. Another example would be the way History and Historians treat Robert E. Lee. Rhodes has high praise for Lee, though that is not to say that he doesn't point out his mistakes. Lee does not seem to fare so well with modern historians.

The discussion of other nation's attitudes towards the war is one of the more interesting sections, at least for me.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By David Ciaffardini VINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
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Purchasers of this classic civil war history need to be aware that the original Macmillan hardcover editions contain 8 full-color, fold-out maps, that you will not likely find in such marvelous form in the print-on-demand paperback reproductions. The original maps are one of the real treasures of this title and so any editions without them would, I'm sorry to say, be considered woefully inferior.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By vmathew on February 17, 2012
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I was afraid I'd be bored by attempting to read up on the Civil war, even though as a foreigner here, I wanted to learn about american history. Turns out, this book is extremely engrossing; I could not put it down once I took it up, and I don't remember any part being boring such that I wanted to skip over them. As for the accuracy of information presented, I cannot tell but trust the various reviews that I've found on different sources that this is a good book. It sure packs a lot of information into it, and gives a very good over-view of the civil war. The only peeve I have is that the book is rather centered around the east-south-eastern USA. There isn't much mention of what was going on in the north (especially wisconsin where I live where the civil war was very alive) nor the west (there's a few mentions here and there about the west.) Yet I don't know if one can find a better introductory book than this on the civil war.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Librarian TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 12, 2012
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The $1.50 edition is the least expensive of the ebook versions of this title currently offered for sale in the Kindle Store. So is it any good? The short answer is: YES (with qualifications).

This handsomely formatted edition provides the full text of Rhodes' distinguished 1917 overview of the American Civil War, but OMITS distracting end-note numbers throughout the text, the end-notes themselves, and citations; there are no photos. For "casual" reading, this bargain version is quite fine (though anyone contemplating using this title for formal research would undoubtedly require an edition with all the notes, etc.). A detailed list of chapters appears at the beginning of the book, but this TOC is NOT active. However, at least you are informed as to WHAT the book contains, and if you take a few minutes to locate and bookmark each of the 14 chapters for easy, future reference, the absence of an active TOC really isn't much more than a temporary inconvenience.

This delightful book is very informatve and generally comprehensive; it often pleasantly surprises by what it includes, but occasionally frustrates by what it does not. I was, for example, underwhelmed by its account of the 3-day battle of Gettysburg and by how much it could (or, in my opinion, "should") have said about it but didn't. While selectivity is to be expected of any single book attempting to cover such a huge, multi-faceted topic as the Civil War, it can still be disappointing when some areas you consider important are given short shrift. Nevertheless, this book satisfies more often than it disappoints.

Other editions of this title are available in the Kindle Store, but overall I felt this was better formatted (and certainly better priced) than the ones I sampled. For example, an illustrated $2.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By historical1 on September 12, 2012
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Outstanding book and interesting read and helpful in my historiography class. This is a good book for any history major to read or anyone interested in the Civil War in general.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dude who likes books on June 20, 2012
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Very interesting. This is a great book for history buffs. I'd suggest downloading this book if you enjoy history. This one is great on the fire.
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