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The War for the Union Volume I.....The Improvised War 1861-1862 Hardcover – September 1, 1971


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Nevins sees the conflict in its world significance...This volume is indeed part of a great work... --American Historical Review

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Allan Nevins was one of our most honored historians. He won the Pulitzer Prize and The National Book Award (for the last two volumes of the War for the Union). The New York Times described Nevins's work as "a majestic peak in the mountains of American history."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Konecky & Konecky; 1st edition (September 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568522967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568522968
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,937,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John F. Messerly on December 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This history of the Civil War is far better than any other I have read in that Nevins looks behind the actions to seek reasons and explanations for them. Before I have wondered why so many of the decisions were made the way they were. This book looks at the men and the situations to analyse the whys and wherefores of the apparent inability of the Union to get organized, and the stupid decisions made. It presents Lincoln in a fair and reasonable light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim H on September 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Nevins covers the first year of the war from a unique persepctive. It is less about the military battles and more "behind the scenes". He covers mustering and training of the armies, the buying of weapons, ammo and supplies, outfitting a navy (north and south), the need to learn organization skills on a large scale, the beginning of the transition in the north from small businesses and farms to larger, more coordinated enterprises, and other activities in Washington, Richmond and the States. These details are interesting in their own right and do a lot to explain the military activity covered in the more typical books on the war. Highly recommeded to a civil war enthusiast. Probably not appropriate for the first book on the war.
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karen Taylor on April 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a fan of the Civil War and enjoy reading Civil War history and visiting Civil War sites. I was given the soft cover, 6x9, 4 volume set (including the text referenced) by Allan Nevins and found them hard, no, almost impossible to read. It seems Mr. Nevins used a theaurus when he wrote these volumes and attempted to use as many "big" and unnecessary words as he could find. He has overcomlicated the subject by injecting wording that does not add clarity, but only volume to text. In a word, this book "sucks."

I would recommend that readers interested in Civil War history find a different author's works and avoid these unless they like to read this kind of "stuff" while keeping a dictionary in their lap to assist with the interperation of Mr. Nevins works.
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