"Everyone interested in learning about the war beyond the Appalachians should start with Hess's work. It is an outstanding overview of the Civil War in the West."
-The Charleston Post and Courier
"Hess has done it again. He has delivered a wonderfully researched and elegantly written volume that reveals his mastery of military history west of the Appalachians. Students and scholars are sure to profit from his insightful analysis and bold assertions, making for a better understanding of this complicated conflict."
-Journal of American History
"The deepest overall account of the war in the West to date. . . . [and] a major advance in our knowledge of the Civil War in the western theater."
-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"This book will define the study of the Civil War's western theater for the foreseeable future and is highly recommended."
"Asserts a primacy to the war's western theater, establishes operations as a vital aspect of warfare, and defines mastery of logistics as a critical component of Union victory."
-West Virginia History
"This excellent and suitably broad summary work should serve as a valuable introduction to the western war for a wide reading audience. With The Civil War in the West
, it's safe to say we have in our hands the subject's new standard single volume history."
-Civil War Books and Authors blog
"A notable book that stands out in the crowded field of Civil War scholarship. Scholars and general readers alike will find it useful and accessible. Hess is to be commended especially for his ability to weave together the military narrative and the administrative difficulties faced by Federal commanders in occupied territory."
-Journal of Southern History
"The rich Civil War historiography of the western theater has needed a much-updated and comprehensive examination. . . . Recommended. All academic levels/libraries."
"A well-researched and intelligent narrative that is essential to understanding America's bloodiest conflict."
-The Annals of Iowa
"In one volume, Earl Hess has given readers as complete a study as can be found of this theater of battle."
-New York Journal of Books
"Hess has provided Civil War scholars and lay readers with an excellent volume that promises to be the seminal work on the subject for years to come."-North Carolina Historical Review
"Concisely and judiciously examines the military campaigns and battles and weaves them into a seamless narrative accessible to both novice and expert. . . . A thought-provoking, well-argued, engagingly written, and thoroughly enjoyable narrative, Hess's The Civil War in the West
is by far one of the best general accounts of the war."
-Indiana Magazine of History
"Earl Hess has produced another fine study, this one long needed and much anticipated."
-Civil War Book Review
"An excellent overview of the Civil War in the western theater. Covering all significant campaigns and incorporating subjects either ignored or only lightly touched on in other operational histories, this is a book of unusual breadth and depth."--William Shea, University of Arkansas at Monticello