From Library Journal
"The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner here presents his opinions on how the Civil War shaped modern America," said LJ's reviewer (LJ 5/15/61). Warren is an unbiased observer and in analyzing the causes and effects of the fighting places guilt in both camps. This remains "a timely and valuable book."
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"Warren brings to this task his critical acuteness as a historian . . . his verbal sensitivity as a novelist, and his insight as a poet."—David Donald, New York Times Book Review
(David Donald New York Times Book Review
"Here is a perfect gem of a book. . . . Here is something sound and meaty about the place of the Civil War in American history and its place in American thinking."—Chicago Sunday Tribune
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"A brilliant piece of work, quick and sharp with insight, yet compassionate. A stimulating book."—New Yorker
"A thoughtful discussion . . . stimulating to any reader conscious of the American heritage."—Library Journal