''McPherson, professor emeritus of Princeton and dean of Civil War historians, enhances our knowledge with this history of the conflict's naval aspects. As definitive as it is economical, the work establishes beyond question the decisive contributions of maritime power to Union victory.'' --Publishers Weekly
''With all the narrative grace, original scholarship, and equal grasp of both big picture and telling detail, Civil War historian nonpareil James McPherson has provided his admirers with another authoritative entry in his roster of essential books. McPherson never argues that the Union navy won the Civil War, but readers will argue that no Civil War library will ever be complete without this volume.'' --Harold Holzer, award-winning author and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation
''McPherson displays his massive knowledge of the Civil War, this time specifically concerning the naval battles . . . A solid contribution to Civil War scholarship.'' --Kirkus Reviews
''James McPherson's many admirers in the Civil War community will be thrilled that he has turned his keen eye and eloquent pen to the naval war. In this new, concise history of the war at sea, McPherson not only tells an important story well, he shows how the Union navy, with only five percent of Union military assets, had a disproportionate impact on the war.'' --Craig L. Symonds, award-winning author of Lincoln and His Admirals
''Wonderfully written and researched . . . Balanced, objective, and highly readable.'' --Howard Jones, University of Alabama
From the Inside Flap
Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because the represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In War on the Waters, James M. McPherson has crafted an enlightening, at times harrowing, and ultimately thrilling account of the war's naval campaigns and their military leaders.
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