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The Civil War in Depth, Volume II Hardcover – August 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Book and Access edition (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811825248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811825245
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

These two releases build on journalist Zeller's first In Depth, which three years ago collected similar reproductions of Civil War ephemera. Since then, many more small archive holders have come forward, and the raison d'?tre of this second In Depth book of stereograms (glasses included), photos and period documents is to organize and bring them to lightAundoubtedly with the huge Civil War-buff market in mind. Houstonian Jean Stanford's unparalleled private collection of stereoviews makes up the core of the book, providing some wonderfully dramatic battle-aftermath shots, as well as fascinating everyday looks at telegraph operators, spies and Port Hudson, La., "the last rebel stronghold." The book is carefully and compellingly laid out, the captions inform of scene and date, but analysis is not a focus. The Collection is a stand-alone set of period reproductions, including the 1863 color "almanac" (or catalogue) of clothing manufacturer Charles Stokes & Co., a contractual "Slave Policy," a pamphlet calling bearers "TO ARMS! TO ARMS!!" money, maps, daguerreotypes, advertisements and other period objects. (All are catalogued and briefly explained in a short accompanying text by Zeller.) The quality of the reproductions is generally good, if less than crisp, and the selection of materials effectively delineates the kinds of printed matter that circulated in mid-century torrents. As the war and culture surrounding it continue to be exhaustively mined by historians and buffs, such projects are the next logical step in getting the material to people in a form as near to the originals as possible, and the closest thing (short of reenactment) to having been there. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Nineteenth-century Americans reveled in the detailed, lifelike photographs that could be seen through a hand-held stereoscopic viewer. This sampling of stereoscopic views from the Civil War is a companion volume to Zeller's 1997 3-D photographic history of that great conflict. The impetus for the second volume was the discovery of a monumental private collection of Civil War stereo views. Sixty-three of the 170 photographs included here, some published for the first time, are from the private collection of Robin Stanford. Venturing beyond familiar battlefield scenes of broken bodies and ravaged landscapes or portraits of crusty commanders, Zeller, a journalist, features views of cities in wartime, African Americans, camp life, and 24 extraordinary wartime images hand-tinted with watercolors. An index allows access by subject or photographer, and the "Resource Guide" includes web sites for stereo-view shopping or further information on Civil War photography. A portable viewer included with this book enables the modern reader to experience the images as they were meant to be seen. Highly recommended for public libraries. [The stereoscopic viewer is not attached to the book; contact www.3 dglassesonline. com for replacements.DEd.]DKathleen M. Conley, Illinois State Univ., Normal, I.
-DKathleen M. Conley, Illinois State Univ., Normal, IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend The Civil War in Depth to anyone interested in the Civil War or our nation's history in general.
alljazzedup
In this book we see in three-dimensions battlefields and campgrounds, generals and private soldiers, the living and the dead, great cities and slave plantations.
Bruce Trinque
The viewer is a little too flimsy, and the the book is hardbound, so is hard to keep open when viewing the photographs.
Gail S. Bartlett

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott Anderson VINE VOICE on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Civil War in Depth" is a fascinating piece of work. The stereoscopic photographs literally jump off the page when viewed properly with the enclosed 3-D viewer. Many of these views were previously published using only one side. Thus the true look and clarity of detail was lost, but within these pages the pictures come back to life!
In speaking with Mr. Zeller at Chambersfest 99' in Chambersburg, PA, I found many of these views were never seen until most recently; with several more unseen views recently surfacing after publication. If the opportunity ever presents itself, by all means, see his slide presentation based upon his research.
Many thanks to Bob Zeller for the excellent work and detail that went into this publication and I hope to see more newly discovered views in a possible up and coming book.
I highly recommend this book to fellow Historians and Civil War buffs. It's a must for your collection!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on August 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"The Civil War in Depth, Volume II" is Bob Zeller's followup to his first book of Civil War stereo photographs, published three years ago. As he explains in the foreward, Zeller had not intended to do a sequel, even though there had been some outstanding stereo views he had not been able to include in the first volume. Less than two years ago, however, he was granted access to a phenomenal collection of Civil War stereo photos compiled by Robin Stanford, an amateur historian (and that is "amateur" in all the best senses). Photos from Ms. Stanford's collection provide nearly half the images in the present volume.
In this book we see in three-dimensions battlefields and campgrounds, generals and private soldiers, the living and the dead, great cities and slave plantations. Viewing these images is like being granted a small peak through a time machine. They give an unmatched immediacy to the Civil War and the people who lived through it -- or died in its battles. The photographs of the dead (some familiar from their usual "mono" reproductions) are especially powerful, the reality of battlefield death driven home when you for the first time see the soldiers' bodies seemingly at your feet.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By alljazzedup on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Wow! I stumbled upon this book several years ago and knew immediately that it was a keeper. The information is fascinating, and the photographs are simply amazing and extremely easy to view once you learn the basics of the viewer. I have had no problems viewing these pictures, but friends and family members who have had problems viewing 3-D (Magic Eye) pictures have experienced difficulties in seeing the full effect of these photos. If you can 'see' the Magic Eye pictures then you should have no trouble with this book. I highly recommend The Civil War in Depth to anyone interested in the Civil War or our nation's history in general.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book in an excellant introduction to Civil War stereophotography. The pictures are wonderfully composed and provide insight into the war. There is a good foundation placed and a simple history written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Not only does it give you the history of the photograph but also a large amount of photographs of the Civil War. View common Civil War photos in a whole new way and also some never published pictures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Ellis on September 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantastic resource for those interested in the history of stereo photography during the Civil War. The author focuses more on the stereo aspects of the war than on the war itself which is good because unlike the war in general, there is little written about stereo photography during this time. Many of the stereo images presented are very rare and some have never been published before this printing. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in stereo photography or lesser known aspects of this time period but those looking for another general book on the civil war may not find what they are looking for in this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The CONCEPT of this book is wonderful, the viewer is adequate and servicable, but as the photo image is enlarged so are the half-tone dots (screening) which make up the picture. I only wish that the pictures were more finely printed, more like the continuous tone originals. As it is, in magnification the dot screen appears very coarse and distracting.
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